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Possible Links Between PTSD & Traumatic Brain Injuries

When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the consequences will often be as varied as they are severe. Some people may experience immediate amnesia, others can lose their sense of taste, and others still can fall into a comatose state, for example. Wondering what causes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), more research is being conducted to try to determine if there is a link between PTSD and TBI.

What is PTSD?

When a person goes through a particularly violent or frightful event, they may become so jarred by it that it continues to haunt them for years, if not the rest of their lives. PTSD's most recognizable symptom is flashbacks, or mentally reliving through the traumatic event and re-experiencing the same disturbing or upsetting emotions. Flashbacks can be random but are more likely to be triggered by moments or items similar to those involved in the event. For example, a person who was in a horrific car accident caused by a red SUV may be triggered by seeing any sort of SUV rolling down the street.

Linking Emotions to Our Minds

PTSD seems to be a condition heavily controlled and exhibited through emotions. Researchers need to know just how these emotions relate to our brains, especially the parts of the brain that create them. If a patient has brain damage on their left hemisphere, for example, and it is found that they are more likely to become depressed during PTSD bouts, it could be a correlation.

The research is not blindly reaching for links. PTSD is most common in military veterans who experienced conflicts firsthand, often accompanied by explosive blasts of bombs and ordinance. A single concussive blast can be strong enough to cause brain damage, and yet soldiers with PTSD may have been routinely exposed to nearby explosions.

Football players, however, muddle up the research. Recent studies determined that nearly all retired football players have suffered some form of brain damage, and yet they do not often exhibit PTSD symptoms. This suggests that a TBI does not cause PTSD but can significantly worsen it.

Legal Help for TBI Patients

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, make certain you get the medical attention and rehabilitative treatment you need to live as comfortably as possible. Kyle Law Firm and our New Braunsfel personal injury lawyers can help you create a lawsuit if you require compensation to help pay for your treatments. Call us at 830.476.7780, tell us what happened during a free consultation, and we can let you know if you have a case.

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