The Link Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health

Suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) takes a toll on both the physical and mental wellbeing of patients.

Statistics show that TBIs can lead to mental health issues among one in five patients. A study supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke cites that TBI could increase the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

Experts also learned that mental health disorders were still arising three to six months following the initial injury. Even mild brain injuries apparently have a long-term effect on a patient's mood and can lead to changes in behavior.


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NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the largest brain injury residential facilities specializing in rehabilitation for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Specialty Programs and Residential Rehabilitation to provide high-quality care to our patients.

At Neulife post-acute rehabilitation facility, our multi-specialty teams help patients to regain their independence and mobility through supportive care in an ideal environment. We understand the potential effects of the injury on a patient's mental health, so we make sure that all patients get a holistic and high-quality rehabilitation experience in our care.

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Mental Health and TBI

Here are some mental health issues that TBI patients and their healthcare providers might have to deal with post-injury.


Feelings of Anxiety

People with traumatic brain injury may experience anxiety without ever pinpointing the reasons. This constant worry can impact patients with TBI when there is already too much going on around them. 

A situation that requires processing of information, such as a crowded or noisy place, may be overwhelming to TBI patients and can make them anxious. To deal with this, our staff at Neulife post-acute rehabilitation facility make sure that patients have structured activities and routines. If the anxiety is severe, patients might also have to undergo psychotherapy (counseling) and pharmacologic therapy. 


Feelings of Depression 

Depression, sadness, frustration, and a sense of loss are common feelings for someone who suffers from brain trauma and who may worry about the long term effects of their condition.

Depression could become overwhelming and interfere with their process of recovery. TBI patients who appear lethargic, have frequent thoughts of death or suicide, or who start withdrawing from others need will access to psychological support.

In addition to counseling and medications, TBI patients with depression may benefit from undertaking exercises and other forms of physical activity. There is a growing number of researches that show that physical activity can decrease the symptoms of depression or even anxiety. 


Feelings of Irritability

Often, family and friends may complain that a patient with TBI is irritable and quick to anger. Studies show that 71 percent of TBI patients exhibit such behaviour, sometimes with violence. Causes vary, from physical damage to parts of the brain, to emotional problems arising from the life changes brought about by the injury. 

A TBI patient who is irritable may also tire easily, feel depressed, and have difficulty concentrating or following a conversation. While there are medications to help control anger issues, teaching patients how to perform calming strategies or relaxation techniques can improve outcomes. The patient's family members should also keep in mind that the outbursts are not personal.


Learn more about Neulife Rehabilitation

At Neulife Rehab, our professional staff makes sure that you and your family are being taken care of by the best specialists in the area. We encourage you to find out more about our facility and our programs.

NEULIFE REHABILITATION REMAINS OPEN AND DILIGENT THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS. We remain open for business with the ability to admit those in need of ongoing Post-Acute Rehabilitation Services. Our first priority is the safety of our patients and valuable team members.

If you have any questions at all, we are here for you. Call us or make a referral using our easy to navigate and convenient online form. We are looking forward to helping you achieve your recovery goals.


The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers if you have any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.


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