Traumatic Brain Injury: Signs of Depression

Traumatic Brain Injury“Brain Injury Can Change Your Life”

By: Jessica Ortega

The majority of survivors of moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have significant long-term neurobehavioral changes and increased rates of psychiatric illness. Cognitive deficits are the most common complaints of traumatic brain injury survivors. However, many of these injured individuals may not be aware of behavioral or emotional changes because they are focused on the changes in more concrete domains such as motor functioning. This can be devastating for both the injured person and the caregivers.

Over half of people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury experience depression. Physical changes in the brain due to injury and emotional response to injury can leave you struggling to adjust. Some symptoms of depression are:

  • Feeling down, sad, or hopeless
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • Feeling worthless, misunderstood, lonely and frustrated
  • Disturbed sleep patterns and changes in appetite
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Tiredness and a lack of energy
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Therapy can help you recover emotionally, if you are concerned that you or anyone you care about may be struggling with depression after suffering a traumatic brain injury, the licensed counselors and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy can assist you in feeling better about the present and hopeful about the future. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201)368-3700 or (212)722-1920 to set up an appointment. Visit for more information.


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