Levels of Depression for Outpatients with Traumatic Brain Injury
What is the rate and level of depression for individuals with traumatic brain injury in an outpatient rehabilitation setting?
Past Studies show that some individuals develop depression after experiencing a traumatic brain injury. Depression is a real medical condition that can be treated. Depression is not a “normal part” of
This Study examined the level of depression for 41 individuals with traumatic brain injury at one outpatient rehabilitation setting. Twenty-three (56%) of the participants had received mild traumatic brain injuries and 18 (44%) of the participants had received injuries in the moderate to severe range. Individuals with mild traumatic brain injury tended to be older, and those with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries were younger. The majority of the participants were 43 years old. Although the amount of time since their injuries ranged from about 4 months to over 21 years, it had been approximately 41 months since most of the individuals had received their brain injuries. Approximately
Who May Be Affected By These Findings
Persons with traumatic brain injury, their family and friends, health care providers, health care funders, and researchers
The researchers state the results of this study should be viewed with caution. This study used a small sample size of people who were older, who had experienced their brain injury over a wide range of time (4 months to 21
In this study, 59% of the individuals were rated as having mild to severe levels of depression. These individuals were most likely to be older females with a mild traumatic brain injury who were taking anti-depressant medication. The results of this study cannot be generalized to all people with traumatic brain injuries because of the group’s characteristics and
Please take a moment to comment on the value of this abstract:
Click here to take a brief survey
Find This Study
Glenn, M.B., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T., Goldstein, R., Burke, D., & Jacob, L. (2001). Depression amongst outpatients with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, (15), 811-818.