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Changes to emotional responses for TBI victims

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2021 | Firm News

Victims of traumatic brain injuries in California may experience many changes in their life. Physical limitations, emotional trauma and loss of independence can each have detrimental effects.

One of the more common outcomes of TBIs is a change in the way victims respond to emotional situations. Families that understand and prepare for these changes can provide support and encouragement to facilitate healing for their loved ones.

Serious consequences

TBIs can negatively impact victims’ lifespan and their quality of life, especially for those with debilitating injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 50 percent of TBI victims experience a noticeable decline in their health. Some statistics to illustrate this point include the following:

  • 30 percent of TBI victims suffered worsening health conditions
  • 22 percent of TBI victims never improved
  • 22 percent of TBI victims died
  • 26 percent of TBI victims experienced some improvement

An immediate, unforeseen and critical injury can take its toll on victims and their families. A combination of psychological trauma coupled with a loss of independence may leave victims feeling angry, fearful and depressed. These emotions can influence the way they respond to stressful situations and may cause them to appear more impatient or agitated.

Promising potential

Triggers can amplify the difficulty of controlling emotions for TBI victims. Brainline suggests that some common triggers may include overstimulation, stress, unfamiliar situations and persistent annoyances. Families can do their best to circumvent or eliminate triggering circumstances as they help their loved ones recover.

Over time, a gradual reintroduction to certain situations may help victims build a tolerance. Therapy or counseling can assist in this process. Professionals can provide education to help victims learn effective ways to manage challenging situations and maintain control of their emotions.