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Does a concussion increase the risk of a mental health disorder?

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2021 | Personal Injury

Visible physical injuries are common after a workplace accident. Involvement in a traffic crash, getting hit in the head and experiencing a slip, trip or fall are all common and could result in a concussion.

The effects of this type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are typically temporary. However, mental health issues could be a consequence of untreated damage.

Five symptoms of a mild brain injury

A loss of consciousness from a concussion is possible, though unlikely. Nausea, blurry vision, drowsiness, dizziness or a headache may appear immediately after sustaining a concussion. Memory loss is also possible.

However, not all symptoms appear right away. As time goes by, you might notice:

  • A disruption in your sleeping pattern
  • Personality changes
  • Concentration problems
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Depression and irritability

Regardless of how you feel, it’s always wise to seek medical attention after a head injury since early intervention may minimize your chances of suffering long-term complications.

Your health may not be as it seems

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests that around 20% of those who suffer from a concussion experience mental health issues up to six months after their injury. Therefore, individuals who sustain a concussion should continue to receive medical monitoring for months – despite their initial progress.

Although you might feel fine after an accident on the job, remember the importance of seeking medical attention and following doctor’s orders. Meanwhile, file a workers’ compensation claim so your benefits can cover the expenses incurred.