First Large Study
Individuals with Moderate and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Appear to be at High Risk for Depression
Categories: Violence-Related Traumatic Brain Injury
What are the causes, symptoms, and number of people who experience depression after traumatic brain injury?
Past Studies that have analyzed emotional function after traumatic brain injury indicate depression is a serious clinical concern. Depression
is a real medical condition that can be treated. Depression is not a “normal part” of
This Study examined 666 persons with primarily moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries 10 to 126 months after their injury date. This
is the first study to examine depression that focused on a large diverse population from the 17 Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems facilities throughout
the country.In this study, individuals with traumatic brain injury appeared to have a high
Who May Be Affected By These Findings
Persons with traumatic brain injury, their family and friends, health care providers, health care funders, and researchers
Participants in this study experienced mostly moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. It is not known if persons with
The researchers found that individuals with traumatic brain injuries are at high risk for developing symptoms of depression. The most common symptoms of depression experienced were feeling exhausted, poor attention span or concentration, anger or irritability, and the inability to get their mind off of certain thoughts (i.e. they kept thinking about the same thing over and over again). Twenty-seven percent of the participants were diagnosed with major depression. In this study, the individuals with depression were more likely to be minorities, unemployed, and receiving low incomes. Future research should develop depression screening tools and treatment interventions for persons with traumatic brain injuries.
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Find This Study
Seel, R. T.; Kreutzer, J. S.; Rosenthal, M.; Hammond, F. M.; Corrigan, J.; & Black, K. (2003). Depression after traumatic brain injury: A National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Model Systems multicenter investigation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (84), 177-184.