Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

woman with traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur when someone receives a sudden jolt to the head or with any movement in which the brain is shaken within the skull. This type of injury usually results from acute trauma, such as a fall or an accident. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

TBIs are pretty much the same as what we call a “concussion.” The symptoms of a TBI can vary greatly in its severity due to its initial cause, with some people experiencing mild ones and others moderate or severe. A majority (80%) of all TBIs are considered to be mild. Often those with a mild TBI will heal on their own. 

A TBI can occur even when there is no direct contact with the head. For example, when a person suffers whiplash, the brain may be shaken within the skull. This damage can cause bleeding between the brain and skull. Bruises can form where the brain hits the skull. Like bruises on other parts of the body, for mild injuries, these will heal with time. However, while the physical injuries may fade more easily with time, you may also experience more mental condition as a result. One of these conditions is called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

It’s not always easy to decipher who is actually suffering from PTSD since many of the symptoms are the same as that of a TBI. Such symptoms include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Continuous headaches
  • Issues with concentration
  • Mood swings (that are out of character for the individual)

Although both conditions can be related, sometimes it’s the very occurrence of a TBI that can lead to PTSD.

What Is PTSD?

PTSD is a condition that often develops after someone experiences some type of intense trauma. Some examples include those who have been in combat, those who have been sexually assaulted, and those who have lived through an earthquake. Many studies now show that there is a causal link between mild TBIs and the likelihood of developing PTSD. While these conditions are undoubtedly different, they can often both result from the same life event. It can be really difficult to tell if they are completely separate or related. That’s why it’s in your best interest to see a qualified physician as soon as possible. He or she can help to care for your conditions, as they can both worsen when left untreated.

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Experienced a TBI Due to the Negligence of Another

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it can greatly impact your life. It can be difficult enough dealing with extensive injuries (both mental and physical), but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of TBIs and understand the effects that such injuries often have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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