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Can a brain injury change your personality?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2022 | Personal Injury |

A car accident can leave you dealing with any number of issues, but one of the worst is a catastrophic injury. One such example is any kind of trauma to the brain.

A traumatic brain injury or TBI may leave you with lingering effects, including permanent changes in your behavior.

What is a TBI?

A TBI means that something happened to your brain that caused a measure of damage or injury. While you may believe this can only happen with a skull impact, a TBI can also occur if your brain slides around and hits the inside of the skull. Thus, you may not see outward signs of a brain injury to have one.

Is a concussion a TBI?

The severity of the concussion depends on various factors, including where the brain suffered the injury and your previous history of concussions. For instance, if you had a concussion within the last few months and got into an accident where you suffered whiplash, it may prove enough to cause permanent damage to your brain function.

Can your personality change with a TBI?

The location and scope of your injury will dictate how your brain reacts. A personality change can happen in a TBI, especially if the frontal lobe has damage. This may result in mood swings and an overall shift in behavior. For example, you may find yourself more reserved than prior. You may become angry quicker, or you may cry often. You may no longer get along with your spouse or other close family members.

Your family life may suffer if you start dealing with a personality change after a TBI. You may want to look into help getting appropriate long-term care and financial recovery.