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Understanding the emotional effects of brain injury

Brain or head injuries can be divided into two broad categories: traumatic and non- traumatic.

Non-traumatic brain injuries emanate from an internal cause such as a lack of  oxygen or a tumour, whereas traumatic brain injuries result from an external impact to the  head.

Despite the fact that the two types of injuries are caused by a different source it is not uncommon for them to exhibit similar symptoms.

Effects of head injuries

The effects of a brain injury can result in a combination of cognitive, physical and emotional problems. Emotional effects are obviously less noticeable than physical impairments or cognitive disability, but they can be equally severe.

Emotional effects of a brain injury can still form the basis of head injury claims and brain injury claims. The emotional effects are very similar for head injuries regardless of whether they are the result of a traumatic or non-traumatic cause.

Emotional effects of head injuries

A major issue with the emotional effects of brain injuries is that they are difficult to detect, yet can have a significant impact on both your life and the lives of those around you. There is an extensive array of emotional effects, which can result from a head injury. Headway, a brain injury association, has identified as many as eleven different categories of emotional effects.

Damage to the frontal lobe

The frontal lobe of the brain controls emotional behaviour and executive function enables people to behave in what is generally regarded as an appropriate manner. Damage to the frontal lobe can result in a person being unable to control their emotions and to act inappropriately or to make inappropriate or bizarre comments which others may find offensive Such damage can also cause a lack of motivation, which can lead to unhappiness and social isolation.

Additionally, frontal lobe damage could also cause obsessiveness, which may make a person ‘stuck’ on one particular thought. Neurological damage to this region in the brain could also cause impulsivity, explosive anger and a lack of awareness. These can often be pinpointed due to the damage that has occurred to the brain and can be a basis for a head injury claim or brain injury claim.

Other issues

Emotional problems such as depression, anxiety and self-centredness can occur from psychological roots rather than neurological damage, which make them very difficult to detect. Self-centredness can occur due to the overwhelming attention and sympathy that one may be subject to after a serious brain injury.

These are often subtle, but significant effects of a head injury and can have a severe impact on the rest of your life however as these emotional issues result from no identifiable damage to the brain it can make it difficult to claim and it is therefore all the more important that you speak to an expert brain injury lawyer before taking further legal action.

If you have suffered a brain injury and would like more information about brain injury claims and head injury claims, call us today on 020 7650 1200 and speak to one of our specialist brain injury lawyers.

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