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How common are mental health disorders among head injury victims?

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2022 | Personal Injury

Head injuries are among the most serious among accident victims. They may range from mild concussions whose treatment only requires bed rest and painkillers to injuries that affect the brain leading to extensive hospitalization. Unfortunately, full recovery from visible injuries does not mean you are out of the woods. The brain is a very sensitive organ, and such injuries may affect you long after your physical recovery.

Studies have shown a close correlation between brain injuries and mental issues among the victims. It is a gradual process that may even take months to manifest. If you or your loved one have suffered severe head injuries, here is what you need to know.

Common mental disorders associated with head injuries

The type of disorder victims are likely to develop depends on the impacted region of the brain and the neurological functions affected. The psychiatric conditions victims may be susceptible to include:

  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Aggression
  • Personality changes, among others

All these conditions can negatively affect several aspects of your life, including relationships with family and friends or your career. You may find it hard to interact with people, especially those who do not understand your condition.

Did your head injuries lead to mental health complications?

While some of these conditions can be medically managed, it may mean a lifetime dependency on drugs or rehabilitation. It is important to get justice if you are a victim, especially if another person’s negligence caused your injuries.

You deserve compensation for all the damages you suffered, including the after-effects such as the disorders that may develop. It will go a long way in helping you meet the cost of treatment, leaving you to focus on getting better. Things may improve with time, but at the moment, protecting your legal rights should take first priority. If you’ve been involved in an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, find out more about your options for fair compensation.