A brain injury can cause people memory, behavior, and motor skill problems. Some people with head injuries suffer lifetime paralysis and are unable to care for themselves, where others may only require weeks of medical care. While there are different degrees of brain injury, many who suffer any level of brain injury may deal with depression.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, research reveals that over 50% of people who suffer traumatic brain injuries suffer from depressive disorders. Because brain injuries can change the brain structure, people with brain injuries are more susceptible to depression.

Symptoms of Depression include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depleted energy
  • Restlessness
  • Low mood
  • Guilt
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death

If these symptoms occur, depression will need to be treated in brain injury victims and should be taken seriously. Depression can last anywhere from a couple weeks to years. Those who are depressed need to seek medical attention to find out if antidepressants or psychotherapy may help to diminish their depression. Additionally, “Individuals with brain injury remain at risk for development of depression at any point after injury, so periodic, routine screening every six months should be a standard of care,” says Mary Hibbard, director of psychology at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in New York City.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you pursue the necessary compensation to make sure you can get the medical care and help you need following a brain injury in Peachtree City, Georgia. Call today for a free consultation at 770-HURT-999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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