Emotional Problems Faced By Traumatic Brain Injury Victim

A brain injury can change people’s life mentally as well as emotionally.

That’s why our parents take utmost care of our head while playing than the body parts.

Because wounds in body parts can be cured, but in head or brain, it’s can get really serious.

Once you get injury in your head there are high chances of you having Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for lifetime.

A person suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has to go through lots of emotional and mental problems.

Some starts to fall into depression whereas some start to forget about their lives.

You want to know what TBI is? Here’s an article for you.


What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury also known as TBI is an injury caused when an external mechanical force causes harm to the head or body.

Motor vehicle accidents, sport injuries, concussions, or physical hits, these can be the major causes of TBI.

TBI contributes to many deaths each year, and leads to the development of secondary mental health problems.

The Centre for Disease Control has reported that approximately 1.7 million TBIs occurs every year.

Also, individuals with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) commonly suffers cognitive impairments and development delays.


Emotional Problems


Mood Swings

People having Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or trauma may experience emotions very quickly and intensely.

For instance, they get may angry on small things easily, but they also may get calm down after few seconds.

Also, Traumatic Brain Injury victim may seem to be “on an emotional roller coaster” in which they are happy at one moment, and sad at the next.

In some cases the brain injury can causes sudden episodes of crying or laughing.

These emotional expressions or outbursts may not have any relationship to the way the person feels.

While in other cases the emotional expression may not match the situation.

Often there is no specific event that triggers a sudden emotional response.

That’s why, it may get confusing for family members who may think they accidentally did something to upset the injured person.



Anxiety is a feeling of fear or nervousness that is out of proportion to the situations.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) victim may feel anxious without exactly knowing how and why.

They may easily get worried about tasks they have done and feel like they are being criticized.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) victim often have difficulty reasoning and concentrating on one thing.

In many situations like being in crowds or being rushed, often TBI victims may get panic attacks.

While in some, they may have sudden onset of anxiety that can be overwhelming.

Also, sometimes the situation that caused the injury may get replayed in the person’s mind over and over, interfering their sleep.



Feelings of sadness, frustration and loss are common side effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

These feelings often appear during the later stages of recovery, after the individual has become more aware of the long-term situations.

That’s when the injury affects areas of the brain that controls emotions of the victim.

If the feelings start to become overwhelming, then the TBI victim may suffer from depression as well.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) victim may have problems to adjust to temporary or lasting disability

They may start to feel sad or worthless in the beginning, which may change in sleepless nights, loss of interest or pleasure in life, or thoughts of suicide later.

However, because signs of depression are also symptoms of a brain injury itself, having these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean the injured person is depressed.

The problems are more likely to mean depression if they show up a few months after the injury rather than soon after it.


Temper Outburst and Irritability

Like I said earlier, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) victim may have short-temper problems.

Family members of person with TBI often describe the injured person as having a “short fuser,” “flying off the handle” easily, being irritable or having a short temper.

TBI victim may have difficulties in concentrating, having conversation, or expressing themselves to others.

Hence, these frustration and dissatisfaction with the changes in life brought on by the injury may hugely impact on their behavior.

So, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) victim may end up yelling, using bad language, throwing objects, slamming fists into things, or doing activities similar to that.