Brain Injury and Depression

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Why do people experience depression after brain injury? Learn about the connection between traumatic brain injury and depression in this video. Dr. Frank Lewis, Ph.D., a cognitive psychologist and NeuroRestorative’s Director of Clinical Outcomes, addresses the symptoms and causes of depression following brain injury. He provides advice to family members and treatment options to help individuals cope with depression and continue to heal from their injury.

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tracey easter photography says:

Yes indeed ๐Ÿ˜”

Justin Williams says:

I hit my head the other day. I feel off an electric skate board I completely forgot everything. I forgot I was riding the skateboard and what I did all day. I forgot my wife was pregnant. I donโ€™t really remember anything after I hit my head. Things are coming back to me but I am feeling extremely sad for no reason

Blitz Champ! says:

But that things require money. Those professional consultations & those medications. That would increase the anxiety of those with less monetary capability…

Michael John S says:

/ Thank you to dr Eseigbe for using his herbs treatment to cure my multiple sclerosis /

m gray says:

I didn't realize any of this when I had 3 TBI's after I developed epilepsy, already injured from that I had 3 of them. It's 13 years later and all Dr and specialist did not realize this and took me down medications from hell. So here I am in November 16 2021 and the realization that my reactions where from the TBI. I use to think doctors were God's, now I this

Amanda Larimore says:

I feel understood in this video

David Caylor says:

I've been diagnosed w/ TBI, CTE, Chronic Encephalomalacia, and Dementia. My fight is hard, multifaceted, and a 24/7 issue that I wish and have prayed for it to go away.

D G says:

Good points overall. Quality support can be very hard to find. Avoiding meds when possible is helpful as they usually come with many side effects (some worse than the issue!) Giving a mTBI plenty of time- optimizing nutrition is, IMHO key (healthy fats, veggies, water and also the correct amount of healing sleep.)

I agree that getting easily fatigued and frustrated are big factors. One that is often overlooked is the quality (or lack thereof), of your SLEEP. Getting a nice fitness watch or device to track that is very helpful.

Integrated Med doctors focus on sleep and the entire person, sleep, supplements, etc. and can be more helpful IMO than some docs. Many docs, even if well intentioned might tend to focus on the wrong things and are very quick to put labels on things (treatment codes helps with them getting reimbursed with billing- see DSM-5) e.g., "Depression" and "Anxiety" labels fit nicely. Don't get me wrong, some docs are great. Sometimes those labels are appropriate- but only when applied in the broader context. That said, most have never had a TBI and honestly have very little clue other than what they read in a text book 10 years ago.

For family and friends- it will be far more beneficial to say- "You are doing great- keep going!" vs. saying the all too common…"You look fine!" They do not feel fine- and now they feel misunderstood too.

The tricky part of having a TBI or PCS is that one day you can do task A and be fine. The next day, you can do the same task A and then need to rest. I call it flooding- or getting overloaded. Imagine you have a cup with 5 holes in it. You use to be able to fill the cup all the way to the top (full of brain-energy.) Now the position of those holes randomly changes on a daily basis- for no good reason. Some days those holes are at the top and you can actually do a lot. For unknown reason however, some other days they are at the bottom- the next day, in the middle. This is actually what frustrates people. The incredible unpredictability of an mTBI and/or PCS. It can be extremely frustrating not knowing you will ever be able to take care of yourself again- let alone function productively in society. Obviously, relationships can really suffer badly. mTBI survivors can certainly get moody. Many criminals, if you ask them, will admit to having had severe concussions when they were growing up. Through that lens, it is now a lot easier to understand their subsequent behaviors. Surprisingly, I learned that poor diet is also correlated to criminality. Apparently, the idea is that when you don't feel as well, you tend not to think as clearly. The resulting social isolation following a mTBI can lead to various issues. When possible and appropriate, avoiding drugs/alcohol can often be helpful. Avoiding the bad things during this challenging time is very important. Instead, turning to nature- getting in touch with your true self, hiking, walking and getting into fitness and especially nutrition can be a huge help! It takes time.

Everyone is different and people heal differently. Some recover from a major concussion very nicely. Some can languish for years after having a relatively minor concussion. What most at least agree on is that having subsequent knocks on your head is bad and cumulative- think sports and CTE. Micro-concussions is a new area of study. Fun fact, you do not even have to hit your head to get a concussion. As long as your brain hits the inside of your skull- you have one. Even stopping really hard in a car might do it.

Another thing that helps some is to measure your progress ~3 months at a time, vs. daily or weekly progress. It might help you from getting frustrated and/or overwhelmed. Good news is that in time, if you take good care of yourself, you can (in some cases) get back a lot of what you lost. Subsequent concussions after the initial one are very common. You are just not as sharp.

To anyone reading this who is suffering, hang in there. There really is a lot of hope- even if you feel like there is not. Feel better!

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor and I am not a Medical professional. This is definitely not advice.

Laurie Bailey says:

I suffered a severe traumatic brain injury on 03/31/2018 and a crushed right shoulder. I've suffered multiple T. I. A.'s (14 last count) I have 47 lesions on my brain and multiple concussions after that from falls. I have herniated disc's in my spine that has now caused me to be incontinent. I will be 60 this year. All of my family and friends except my brother have totally disowned me. No one wants to talk about it. I am on an antidepressant but there are weeks at a time that I sleep all day, don't eat or keep up with my hygiene. I pray for those who have suffered like me because it is a living hell!

Fizz Drizzle420 says:

I was assaulted with a baseball bat 7 years ago. Was put in a medically induced coma. It's been a struggle ever since. My own kids have said its like Dad isn't all there… it's difficult!! Especially when your doctors have no experience with this…

Hare Brahs says:

when I went to get help for this, they sent me home saying it would pass. not great in hindsight.

Tami Duncan says:

So difficult I'm going through this .still recovering making headway but so difficult I thought I be more healed up and normal by now .what ever normal means


I had an accident and now realizing I may have had brain trauma because I became so depressed etc and I was naturally so upbeat before etc. ๐Ÿ˜”

SaltyMountainMan says:

I've had a serious tbi I'm 12 years out now and it's never changed …. I also have had no help at all been alone since it's a rough road

Jane C. Kowalczyk says:

Does anyone suffer PCS โž–Post Concussive Syndrome?

Jane C. Kowalczyk says:

Just listening to this makes me weepy ๐Ÿ˜ข

Sharla Seidel says:

As this video points out, it's not uncommon to have depression after a brain injury. To learn more about the different types and causes of brain injury, this article is helpful:

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