Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - Mood Problems
" Early post-concussive symptoms following MTBI can include irritability, anxiety, emotional lability, depressed mood and apathy. Thereafter a signficant proportion of individuals may develop persistent mental health disorders with major depression and anxiety disorders observed most frequently. Depressive disorders following TBI are commonly associated with increased irritability and often comorbid with anxiety symptoms. The latter include generalized anxiety, panic attacks, phobic disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ..... ( Whelan-Goodinson et al., 2009) - Guidelines for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms -pg 27 - Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.
First comes the injury - concussion/mild traumatic brain injury.
Then comes the symptoms.
And some of the most troubling of the "post-concussive symptoms" include depression and anxiety.
Unfortunately, in practical terms, there's often an overlap in symptoms between mood/anxiety related issues, sleep issues, pain issues and other difficulties which flow from a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury. And as a result, its a challege for medical professionals to effectively treat people who suffer from multiple "post-concussive symptoms".
Additionally, the social and work related problems which commonly flow from a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury often exacerbate mood related issues.
The bottom line is that mood related problems arrising from a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury are complicated to deal with. More to the point, these problems often end up being propelled forward by a variety of factors.
Is there a take away from any of this ?
Yes, the research indicates that the sooner you start to receive treatment for mood related problems stemming from a concussion/mild traumatic brain injury the more likely you are to improve.
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