Brain Injury and Mental Health
A brain injury is a traumatic or acquired injury to the brain that can result in physical, cognitive, and emotional changes. According to the brain injury charity Headway, 356,699 people in the UK were admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury (ABI) in 2019-2020 alone. One in four people in the UK experience mental health problems every year. However, the figures surrounding brain injuries and mental health are even starker. Eighty percent of those who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will have mental health issues following their injury, and roughly 50% will experience significant depressive symptoms within the first year. Even 40% of people who sustain a mild TBI will experience ongoing mental health issues.
A brain injury can have a profound impact on a person’s life. It can lead to changes in personality, mood, and behaviour. It can also lead to problems with memory, concentration, and decision-making. These changes can be very difficult to cope with, and they can lead to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for mental health problems following a brain injury. However, there are a number of therapies that can be helpful, including:
- Psychotherapy: This can help people to understand and cope with their feelings and to develop coping strategies.
- Medication: Medication can be helpful for treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
- Support groups: Support groups can provide a safe and supportive environment for people to share their experiences and to get support from others who understand what they are going through.
If you have sustained a brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation. However, it is important to be aware that the defendant may try to argue that your mental health problems are pre-existing and not related to your brain injury. To rebut this argument, it is important to gather evidence of the changes in your mental health since your injury. This evidence can include medical records, reports from therapists, and statements from family and friends.
- If you have sustained a brain injury, don’t wait to seek help for any mental health problems you may be experiencing. There are a number of effective treatments available, and early intervention is key to recovery.
- Contact Claim Today who specializes in brain injury claims to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.