If you suffer from a head injury after a car crash, you will likely have to deal with prolonged effects of physical, mental and behavioral nature.
Though most things addressing TBI changes focus on the physical, it is just as important to understand the behavioral and mental changes.
Factors that impact a TBI’s effects
Mayo Clinic discusses the way traumatic brain injuries can alter your behavior. First, the effects of a TBI can differ based on numerous factors. This can include your health at the time of the incident, the area of injury, the type of injury and the severity of the incident.
If your frontal lobe suffers damage, you will likely see effects in your ability to curb your impulses and in your general irritability or anger. Most victims of TBIs will struggle to maintain self-control to a degree because the frontal lobe controls these impulses. It also helps manage anger and frustration.
Thus, you could find yourself feeling irritated or angry more often than usual. Due to the lack of impulse control, this can lead to lashing out at your loved ones. This is one of the biggest differences that the families and friends of TBI victims report noticing.
Struggles with coping
You will also potentially struggle to cope with the average, every-day stressors of daily life. This can manifest in emotional breakdowns over seemingly small problems. As a worker, this could pose a major issue in your daily life, as it could even render you incapable of keeping on top of your work duties.
This is why many TBI victims will seek compensation. They need the support as they go through the lengthy healing process and recover themselves.