brain injury (TBI) can often cause a multitude of different symptoms, including physical,
cognitive, and emotional repercussions. Often these symptoms are short-lived
as the brain works to heal and recover from the damage. However, in other
cases, people who sustain a TBI can sometimes develop post-traumatic stress
The problem occurs when people can’t distinguish symptoms of TBI
from symptoms of PTSD. Many of the symptoms of a TBI overlap with common
reactions after trauma. For example, soldiers in combat can often get
a TBI from an explosion, which also causes them PTSD. Patients with TBI
often meet the criteria for PTSD on screening instruments to determine
brain trauma and vice versa. Veterans also have experience TBI
in addition to PTSD related to their combat experience. Symptoms of both conditions can
include the following:
- Memory problems
- Poor judgement
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling bothered by noise and light
- Anger outbursts
- Short temper
- Personality changes
- Difficulty communicating
- Trouble staying focused
- Being tired
It’s important to determine which condition the person suffers from
because individuals with TBI should not take certain medications and could
experience long-term injury without prompt medical treatment. Because
TBI doesn’t always require breaking the skin or the skull, closed
head injuries can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, particularly when
paired with the symptoms of PTSD.
Research into the conditions have shown education for the patient and family
early in the recovery process can improve outcomes in patients with TBI
and help prevent the development of psychological disorders such as PTSD.
However, many patients and their families do not receive any education
early in the course of the illness and may require later intervention.
While treatment isn’t always needed for TBI, in cases where it cannot
be distinguished from PTSD, treatment should be both symptom-focused and
evidence based. Patients benefit from treatments that work well for both
conditions, such as cognitive processing therapy or prolonged exposure.
For more information about both conditions, visit the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs website on
Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms that could be related to
either condition, talk to an experienced medical professional about potential
treatments for both. If the condition was caused by the negligence or
carelessness of another person, talk to one of our
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