Despite shared symptomatology among individuals, depression largely remains an individualized experience. Given the abrupt and drastic changes associated with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), many survivors develop negative emotional experiences while many suffer in silence since their medical issues take precedence.

Social stigmas can further hinder a survivor’s ability to ask for help, and similarly families/friends may be hesitant to inquire about the patient’s emotional state. Fortunately, a variety of psychiatric and psychological options remain available in order to provide relief.

Depression, however, rarely presents in isolation for TBI patients. Other commonly observed emotions include anxiety, fear, agitation, frustration, and anger. The root causes for such feelings can be varied with each patient. Matters prior to, as well as, following the injury can contribute to such emotions. Therefore, accurate assessment and supportive treatment by trained and experienced brain injury professionals remains highly important.

Related Behavior Issues:

Aggression

Anger Management

Getting Along with Others

Substance Abuse and Alcohol Issues