Traumatic brain injury patients are at a much greater risk for depression and suicide than those who don’t have other mental or physical health problems.
When it comes to the topic of suicide, I have been personally affected both professionally and personally. The problem is even more serious for people suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
Why Are TBI Victims At Risk For Suicide?
Researchers at the Journal of American Medical Association found that traumatic brain injuries may change the way that the brain’s neural networks function. This means that the operating system for somebody who’s a traumatic brain injury victim may not work the same after the incident.
The researchers found that this could make it harder for patients to use their judgment to adjust to new situations or to figure things out without being overly stressed. That is unfortunate because there’s no specific set of warning signs that researchers found that could indicate somebody is at suicide risk.
For example, if I had the flu, I could go to my doctor, and take a test that would determine whether I had the flu or not. For skin cancer, doctors recommend self-exams to look and see if there’s an unusual something on your skin.
Even blood tests can oftentimes detect some kind of illness. Unfortunately, those things don’t exist for traumatic brain injury patients who are at risk for suicide. So, what do we do?
How To Help Your Loved One
It is important to incorporate a team of professional counselors and psychiatrists into the care plan for the TBI victim. Those professionals are trained to see if the TBI patient is at risk for suicide, or if they can be diagnosed with depression.
The most important thing to remember is that when you’re assembling a care team for somebody with a traumatic brain injury, you need to include a professional counselor and a psychiatrist. This is especially true given that we know that the risks are higher for suicide and depression for people with a traumatic brain injury.
Brasure Law Firm, PLLC was founded by Chris Brasure in 2006. His legal accomplishments are diverse and numerous. He is a fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation, was a delegate in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and holds a BA in political science and speech communication from Baylor University. He then went on to obtain his law degree from Baylor University Law School. Chris believes that education is absolutely critical to one’s success, so his firm now offers The Brasure Law Firm Scholarship to give back to the community and to help students who are seeking to pursue a higher education.