Depression After A TBI

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All people will experience bouts of extreme sadness, and even despair at some point in their lives. For most, these feelings will naturally dissipate in time and/ or with a change of circumstance. Depression has become an integral term used in American society, and it is often used flippantly to describe sadness. However, depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is listed as a medical illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and is recognized as a serious mood disorder. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that depression is “characterized by persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities,” resulting in significant impairment in one’s daily life. An individual who suffers from clinical depression has a chemical imbalance in his or her brain, resulting in an inability to return to an emotional equilibrium as quickly as others when experiencing an emotional low. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) depression affects nearly ten percent of the general population in America.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs because of sudden damage to the brain. The American Association of Neurological Surgery explains that TBI “is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain that can be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head, the head suddenly and violently hitting an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.” When the brain suffers a trauma, it has the propensity to affect all areas of one’s functioning. The specific symptoms that develop because of a TBI will vary significantly, as they depend on the type of injury, the severity of the injury, as well as the area of the brain that was injured. Depression is an extremely common side effect of TBI. Further, depression affects survivors of TBI at a much higher rate than the general population. Studies have found approximately 25 – 50% of people with TBI will experience major depression within the first year after TBI, and over 60% of people with TBI are affected within seven years after injury. The symptoms of depression can manifest in many ways. Depression is known to lower an individual’s immune system and weaken one’s physical body. Every individual is different and will exhibit a distinct combination of symptoms with varying levels of severity when it comes to depression after a TBI. 

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