Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) often causes multiple problems for the survivor, because the brain has been damages and no longer works exactly as it did before. Some of the problems a TBI victim may face during recovery include:
- Mood disorders
- Personality or behavioral changes
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive compulsive behavior
- Alcohol or substance abuse issues
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Psychotic disorders
Changes in mood, behavior and cognition can result in an extremely negative impact on the individual affected as well as their interaction at home and at work or school. Addressing possible mental health needs plays a vital role in the care of a victim of TBI.
Treatment for TBI varies greatly. For individuals with ongoing mental health issues and disorders, early evaluation and treatment can help the individual return to a more normal life and avoid the more serious effects of depression or addiction.
Early recognition, diagnosis, rehabilitation and treatment are essential to the recovery of individuals with traumatic brain injuries, and a psychiatrist should be involved to help address the mental health related issues associated with TBI as a significant part of the complete recovery process.