Do brain injuries from crashes affect your personality?

| Apr 10, 2020 | Firm News

Brain Injuries, Explained

When Virginia residents get into crashes, injury is sometimes unavoidable. Head injuries in particular are common among crash victims. These injuries vary in impact and severity. Today, we will look at traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). 

These injuries have long-lasting impacts on the victim. They affect everything from memory to physical ability. They can cause a victim chronic pain. They can even alter a victim’s personality. 

How personality changes after a TBI 

Mayo Clinic examines symptoms of traumatic brain injury. Doctors discuss some side-effects more often than others. One of the effects people talk about less often is the impact brain injuries have on personality. Depending on the affected area of the brain, aspects of the personality may change. 

For example, let us look at a victim with damage to the front of the brain. This area handles impulse control. When this area of the brain suffers damage, the victim becomes more impulsive. Not only that, but they have less control over their emotional state as well. Many TBI victims with frontal cortex injuries experience: 

  • High levels of irritation 
  • Easy agitation 
  • Quick anger 
  • Trouble letting things go that may not have bothered them in the past 

The behavioral impact of brain damage 

They also struggle to control the impulse to lash out when frustrated or angry. This can lead to outbursts toward friends and family that seem out of character. Loved ones may find themselves startled by this behavior. 

It is important to understand where these personality and behavioral changes come from. A victim needs as much support as possible through this difficult time. Understanding, support and therapy will often help victims regain their stability over time. 

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