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Mental conditions that can arise after a traumatic brain injury

Some unexpected injuries can completely change a person's life. One of these types of injuries is a traumatic brain injury, also known as "TBI." Not only can these injuries require expensive hospital stays, they also can require months or even years of therapy. Sometimes, the people will be dealing with the effects for the rest of their lives.

These injuries affect people both physically and mentally. People can experience drastic changes in their personality and can have trouble controlling their emotions while they are recovering. These generally are temporary, but people can eventually be diagnosed with a mental condition as well, if the change is more permanent.

Having a TBI does not mean the person will be diagnosed with a mental condition, but it can increase the risk of a person developing one, especially in younger people. There is an increased risk for schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. These also may not appear for years after the injury. Having a mental condition stemming from a TBI can be very debilitating, just like the initial TBI.

Many people in New Jersey have suffered TBIs and develop mental conditions afterwards. These mental conditions may change a person's life and even prevent them from being able to work. If this occurs, the person may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits for a mental condition. This can help a person obtain the finances they need since they are unable to earn an income. It is important to understand the process and the information needed to obtain the benefits.

Source: bisociety.org, "Mental Health and brain injury" Jacob Masters, February 29, 2016

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