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The link between brain injuries and anxiety

Victims of brain injuries in Montana may exhibit obvious signs of trauma, such as memory loss and confusion. However, there are some less noticeable issues someone may develop as a result of the injury. Loved ones who do not know what to look for could miss the signs that the victim needs help.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, released a report in 2012 that demonstrated a link between a traumatic brain injury and anxiety disorders. In fact, even people who suffer a mild TBI were found to be at a higher risk of developing an anxiety condition. The study suggests that a brain that becomes injured was more likely to developing an “inappropriately strong” fear.

Brainline.org notes that the loved ones of someone who has had a brain injury should look for the following symptoms of an anxiety disorder

  • Fear and worry
  • Depression
  • A difficulty completing tasks or concentrating
  • A difficulty interacting and getting along with others
  • Sleeplessness or restlessness

Anxiety can manifest in panicky feelings and has also been linked to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Someone experiencing these symptoms should seek professional help. Brainline.org suggests that in addition to the possibility of treatment and medication, people with anxiety disorders may benefit from having a routine and remaining involved in everyday activities. Failing to treat the disorder can lead to long-lasting symptoms, a poor quality of life and low self-esteem. Therefore, experts urge victims of TBI to share how they are feeling with others and to be open to getting help from loved ones and professionals.

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