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Brain injury-related depression may require costly treatments

A traumatic brain injury can arise from several kinds of traumatic events, such as a car accident or a serious fall. Most people expect the physical damage that comes with a brain injury, but few are prepared for the emotional, mental and psychological damage that may accompany such an injury. Depression, often accompanied by anxiety, is one of the most common, yet unexpected, consequences of brain injuries.

There are many reasons people become depressed after suffering a brain injury. Often, victims find it challenging to adjust to a new — and potentially limited — way of life following the injury. Other times, TBIs cause damage to the part of the brain that controls emotion. When injuries affect the brain's chemical balance, depression is a common occurrence.

Getting professional treatment for these conditions is just as important as treatment for the physical wound itself. Unfortunately, this means that victims will likely incur medical bills on top of the costs associated with physical treatment of the brain injury.

Some of the methods used to treat depression associated with brain injury include:

-- Medication

-- Psychotherapy

-- Acupuncture

-- Biofeedback

While some victims experience depression soon after the brain injury, others may not feel the effects for months or years. In fact, research shows that almost two-thirds will experience depression within seven years of the initial injury.

Regardless of how severe the brain injury is, depression is a possibility. If you live near the Kanawha County, WV, area, a personal injury attorney can talk with you about seeking some form of compensation to help manage the costs of getting treatment for brain injury-related depression.

Source: Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, "Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury," Jesse Fann, MD, MPH, and Tessa Hart, PhD, accessed Sep. 01, 2016

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