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What behavioral and emotional changes occur after a brain injury?

Brain injuries can cause changes in almost every area of a victim's life. These changes can occur after a traumatic brain injury, but they can also occur after a series of minor brain injuries. Behavioral changes and emotional changes are some of the changes that might occur. Because these changes seem to change the person, they are often difficult for loved ones to deal with.

What kinds of changes can occur because of brain injuries?

Negativity, inflexibility, anxiety, lack of motivation, depression, impulsive behavior, physical outbursts, emotional outbursts and lack of judgment are some of the common behavioral and emotional changes that can occur. Some people might seem to do a complete turnaround. For example, a nice person who is soft spoken might become mean and boisterous.

Are the changes always present and predictable?

Some people who have a brain injury suffer from mood swings, so the behavior they exhibit isn't necessarily predictable. Some victims of TBIs might seem happy one minute and upset the next. This up and down cycle can often make dealing with the person very difficult. During those difficult times, it is vital that loved ones remember that the behaviors are the result of the brain injury and not because of anything they did or failed to do.

For a person who is exhibiting emotional or behavioral changes, comprehensive mental health care is often necessary. This care is often costly, but some people might choose to help cover the costs of that care by seeking compensation if the brain injury was caused by another person's negligent actions.

Source: Brainline.org, "Behavioral & Emotional Symptoms," accessed June 29, 2015

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