Understanding Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury

Understanding Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from any accident or injury in which the head hits or is hit by another object. While many people are aware of the physical and intellectual symptoms that can accompany a TBI, fewer know that depression is a common condition caused or related to TBI – and that it can be just as debilitating as other TBI-related conditions.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, it’s important to be alert for signs of depression after any potential traumatic brain injury, even if the impact to the head was mild or you did not see a doctor after the accident. Depression, anxiety, and similar conditions can take weeks or months to appear after a traumatic brain injury.

After any kind of accident, it’s normal to feel sad and frustrated, especially if the healing process takes time away from the activities you love. Depression, however, is more serious. Symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fatigue, or lack of energy. Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or even thoughts of suicide can occur. People with depression often find these feelings so burdensome that they cannot carry out normal daily activities.

After a TBI, it’s important to realize that depression is not something you’re imagining or that you can just “snap out of it.” Depression is a serious medical condition, and treatments for depression should be pursued just like you’d pursue treatment for other TBI-related symptoms.

If you have endured a TBI as a result of another person’s careless actions, please contact a San Jose brain injury attorney for help in getting the compensation you are entitled to and need to recover. Call (800) 900-0863 for a complimentary consultation.