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How do TBIs impact personality?

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2022 | Injuries |

After suffering from a blow to the head, brain injury and head trauma will likely follow if the damage is severe enough.

Certain types of these injuries can cause damage not only to the physical body but also to a victim’s behavior and personality. But how is that the case?

Alteration of personality after a TBI

CDC Injury Center looks into traumatic brain injuries. Also known as TBIs for short, these injuries have a traumatic impact on almost all aspects of life, which can last for months, years or even a lifetime.

One of the lesser-known parts of a TBI impact is the fact that it can potentially alter a victim’s personality to a degree. This degree is sometimes mild, but can also range into moderate or severe differences. This often depends on the area of brain injury, the type of damage sustained and its severity.

For example, those who suffer from damage to the frontal lobe will often struggle with controlling their impulses. This is due to the frontal lobe maintaining control of impulsive and rash thinking and behaviors.

Changes to TBI sufferer temperament

Many TBI victims will also suffer from a change in temperament, with many growing more restless, easier to agitate and irritate, and having a stronger temper than before. When combined with the aforementioned self-control issues, it can result in a victim lashing out at their loved ones without meaning to. This is often quoted as one of the most jarring types of changes by families of victims.

Many also struggle to maintain emotional flexibility in the face of stressors and hurdles. This can result in essentially breaking down emotionally on the job, which can pose a huge threat to overall employability. This is why it is important to seek compensation to help with financial expenditures related to recovery.

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