After being involved in a crash, you may have head trauma, too, or even a traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries can have an impact on your physical health.
But did you know they can impact your mental health as well? In fact, a TBI can permanently alter your state of mind and mental well-being.
Alteration of your characteristics
Mayo Clinic takes a look at the way TBIs impact a victim’s health and life. While TBIs have a physical impact, the mental toll is often high, too.
First, a traumatic injury can physically alter your brain. For example, some people with damage to the frontal lobe have a harder time with self-control, as that area regulates your ability to do so. This can lead to sudden aggressive outbursts that often take a toll on both the victim and those they lash out at, especially if the behavior is uncharacteristic.
Inability to cope with daily stress
Many victims of TBIs also lose the ability to cope with daily stressors. This can make average stress in life stack up quickly and overpower an individual, who may experience mental difficulties or even breakdowns as a result.
TBIs can also lead to a notable increase in mental health issues like anxiety, depression and stress-related disorders. It can also worsen pre-existing conditions in victims. This is why many doctors believe that mental health help and therapy should coexist alongside the physical therapy a victim may need to go through.