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Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Cause PTSD?


A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that is usually caused by a violent blow to the head. After a TBI, many people experience insomnia, amnesia, balance disorder, nausea, sensitivity to light and mental health problems, such as PTSD. While the media often portrays PTSD as condition that only war veterans suffer, it can actually develop after a traumatic brain injury. According to a study by the CDC, 27% of their patients with brain injuries were diagnosed with PTSD during their follow-up care. Just like veterans, they too suffered from flashbacks, night terrors, anxiety attacks, depression and self-isolation.

Like most mental health illnesses, there is no cure for PTSD, but the symptoms can be effectively managed. The best way to treat PTSD is through a combination of medication and the following:

  • Therapy: Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure therapy (PE) are 2 kinds of therapy treatments that people with PTSD can try. They include talking and writing about the traumatic experience.
  • Meditation: Meditation and breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety and depression in people with PTSD. According to a 2016 study, 83.7% of active-duty service members that meditated for at least 1 month had stabilized and reduced, or stopped their use of drugs to treat their PTSD conditions.
  • Positive Hobbies: According to the VA, people with PTSD can participate in sports, art, or other hobbies to help improve symptoms.

If you or someone you know has sustained a TBI due to the negligence of a third party, you need to contact our Orange County brain injury lawyers at Alvandi Law Group, P.C. Traumatic brain injuries often require extensive medical treatment and long-term care plans. Our firm will stand by your side and hold those who caused your injury accountable.

Call (800) 980-6905 or contact us online today.

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