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Depression common after brain injury

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A majority of patients suffer depression at some point during the first year after hospitalisation after suffering a major brain injury, research has found.

The study also found that around half of the patients who experienced a traumatic brain injury and were diagnosed with a major depressive disorder within three months of the incident that caused their injury.

Researchers said this provided a window for the treatment of their depression.

 

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  • Surely this cannot be that big a surprise. A major brain injury will in all probability have been life threatening and with that sort of shock to deal with plus a likely deficit in post trauma functioning the affected individual will be coming to terms not only with the index trauma that almost killed them and maybe actually killed others - possibly family and friends, but also the impact of debilitating injuries and potentially a massive change in lifestyle. Without expert psychological support most people are going to struggle to deal with such adversity and as services are put under more and more pressure that support is less and less likely to be provided is it any surprise that they will become depressed? The useful thing from the study is that the onset of depression is measurable at the three month point, so this will add weight to the opinion that psychological assessment needs to be prompt and finely tuned.

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