Brain injuries not only cause physical damage but can also affect a person’s emotions. So if someone you love gets involved in an accident and sustains traumatic brain injuries (or TBI) as a result, then it’s possible that your loved one could end up undergoing changes in his emotions and behavior.
Injuries affect the emotions
How brain injury affects emotions isn’t entirely clear. But take the frontal lobe, for instance. It affects personality and impulses. People who’ve had their frontal lobe damaged in an accident end up with no braking mechanism, says Brainline so they could end up easily angered or sad. It’s no longer a matter of willpower, of saying no. With that braking mechanism compromised, victims are more prone to lose their self-control. That or the complete opposite could happen. They could end up with no emotions instead.
Changes after the brain injury
Common changes in emotional and behavioral make-up include the following:
- Mood swings
- Physical outburst
- Verbal outbursts
- Risky behavior
Coping with the changes
Essentially, a TBI can dramatically change the way your loved one feels or demonstrates emotions. That could mean that they feel happy and then sad the next, with unpredictable bouts of tears or happiness in between. Given the situation, it’s important that families understand that these are a result of the injury to the brain.
If the injuries were a result of an accident, one caused by someone else, you could file a brain injury lawsuit to get coverage for the physical and emotional damages to your loved one. To ensure you’ve got the legal representation you need, hire a brain injury counsel to assist you. It’s not going to compensate for the changes in your loved one’s personality or behavior but it’s going to help ensure your loved one gets the treatment he needs to recover. Contact us at Brain Injury Counsel for more details.