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How do TBIs impact your personality?

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2021 | Car Crashes

Suffering from brain trauma of any sort may easily impact multiple facets of your health. While many articles and discussions surrounding traumatic brain injuries (TBI) focus on the impact on your memory and other mental faculties, its reach can extend far beyond that.

In fact, you may even find your personality altered as a result of a TBI. But in what ways do these impacts take shape, and how do they affect your life as a whole?

The impact of damage

Mayo Clinic examines the way traumatic brain injuries can affect you. TBIs can change facets of your personality depending on several factors like the location of the injury and how much force went into the hit. For example, many TBI victims suffer from lowered inhibitions due to hits taken by the frontal lobe. This area of the brain houses functions related to self-control and self-regulation. When damaged, victims find themselves:

  • Easier to agitate
  • More impulsive
  • Less capable of controlling what they say
  • Rash and prone to bursts of temper

The changes in anger often come as the most unpleasant for your loved ones to deal with, especially if you did not have a history of a temper before the accident.

How changes manifest

These changes may manifest in different ways for everyone, as well. Some people feel a larger inclination to physically lash out when angered, while others may say things they regret. It is important for loved ones to keep in mind that you are acting in such a way due to circumstances outside of your control.

These sorts of issues often take years of recovery alongside medical aid, which serves as a major and continued cost. This is also why you may wish to consider seeking financial compensation.