Long-term brain injury effects vary on specific factors

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As we have discussed previously, the effects of brain injuries can be very serious. In some cases, especially when the brain injury is serious, the effects of the injury can be long-term. While the extent and types of long-term effects vary greatly depending on the severity and location of the brain injury, the effects can all make life very difficult for the patient and those who care for the patient.

Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in people are 1 to 44 years old. With an estimated 5.3 million Americans suffering from TBI-related disabilities, it is critical to learn all we can about this type of injury, including the long-term effects.

In a study that was published in “Behavioural Neurology,” a team of researchers asked 67 individuals to self-report problems after a brain injury. The individuals were all two to five years out from the brain injury. The team found that the patients who had suffered a moderate or severe brain injury were much more likely to have specific problems related to three key aspects — psychological, emotional and behavioral.

Interestingly, the study found that the younger patients were more likely to be more aggressive. They also found these younger patients were more likely to break rules. People who suffered from depressive symptoms and had a lower level of education tended to have more psychological problems.

Some traumatic brain injuries are the result of an accident that is caused by a person’s negligent behavior. If the accident was the fault of someone one other than the TBI patient, the patient might opt to seek compensation for their injury.

Source: PsychCentral, “Exploring Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury,” Jane Collingwood, Jan. 05, 2016

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