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How do TBIs affect personality?

On behalf of | February 21, 2020. | brain injury

When Virginia residents suffer from brain injuries, it may last a lifetime. This is even more true for traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. The victim may suffer both physical and mental changes. Today we will focus on the potential impact TBIs have on a victim’s personality in the long and short term.

TBIs impact victims in different ways. The impact varies depending on the severity of the wound itself. The area of brain injured also influences how a victim may act. For example, head injuries to the frontal lobe often result in less self-restraint. This is because the frontal lobe controls your impulses. If damaged, you become less capable of stopping yourself from acting on impulse.

Victims of TBIs experience common shifts in behavioral patterns. Personality traits may shift as well. There is often an increase in:

  • Irritability or agitation
  • Anger
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

These alterations may occur because of the brain damage itself. Dealing with the effects of the injury can exacerbate these issues even more. For example, a TBI victim may have trouble with their short term memory. This causes them immense fear and frustration. Because they are less capable of restraining themselves, they cannot contain these emotions. They end up lashing out at caretakers or loved ones, even if they were not known to have a temper before.

Are you interested in learning more about traumatic brain injuries? Do you want to learn how TBIs affect victims? You can click the link here, which will take you to our web page on TBIs and other catastrophic injuries. From there, you can read more on the topic.

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