Anxiety and Traumatic Brain Injury

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A traumatic brain injury often causes many ongoing problems for the sufferer. Anxiety and traumatic brain injury often go hand in hand. 

The brain is very complicated. The symptoms you are likely to experience after sustaining a traumatic brain injury depend on the nature of the injury and which part of the brain sustained damage. 

However, emotional issues like anxiety, depression, and mood swings are very common after a TBI. 

People who suffer a brain injury do not always realize they sustained brain damage. The nature of the injury may not initially show up on tests. However, subtle changes in mood and behavior can indicate a TBI. 

Although the symptoms of many TBIs clear up, research has pointed to psychiatric and emotional disorders reoccurring years after the initial blow. 

A report in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation studied people with TBIs more than five years after they sustained their injuries. As many as 38% of the sample reported anxiety five years after the injury. Depression was the most common symptom. This affected 45% of the sample. 

The researchers found a high incidence of psychiatric disorders in the sample 5.5 years after the initial injury.   

Anxiety and traumatic brain injury often occur together. However, there are plenty of overlapping symptoms that can make life harder for a TBI sufferer. Many people with traumatic brain injuries also experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Anxiety is a common feature of PTSD. 

How to Cope with Anxiety as a TBI Victim? 

Extreme anxiety is very serious. It can cripple your life and make it hard to function.  

A report in Medical News Today stated as many as 40 million people in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder. However, only 37% of them receive treatment. 

Anxiety is not only emotionally crippling. It can impact your physical health. 

The American Psychological Association (APA) said as well as feelings of tension, and worried thoughts, sufferers often suffer physical changes like elevated blood pressure. 

Anxiety post-TBI is very common. Brain injury victims often struggle with daily tasks. 

They can feel overwhelmed, especially when too much is asked of them. TBI sufferers are encouraged to make lists and break tasks down, to pace themselves and avoid crowds or stressful social situations. 

Situations calling for rapid processing of thoughts like loud children or being in crowds can also trigger panic. 

Anxiety can be treated through courses of psychotherapy by a trained professional and drugs. People who feel anxious and out-of-control after a TBI should act as soon as possible to get the help they need. You should be open to help from family members and friends, look for new pastimes that are calming, and acknowledge your feelings and accept them. If you are in a stressful job, you should ask for accommodations to help you cope. 

Can You Make a Claim for Anxiety and Traumatic Brain Injury in Virginia?

People who suffer a brain injury through the fault of another, be it a driver, a business owner, an employer or another party should consider filing a lawsuit. Anxiety can affect your quality of life. A claim can be made for the long-term physical and psychological impacts of a brain injury under the pain and suffering category. At the Smith Law Center, our attorneys have been litigating brain injury cases before the issue was widely known about and Stephen Smith is an international expert on the topic. Please call us at 757.244.7000 or email