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The lifelong effects of a traumatic brain injury

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2023 | Injuries

Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) represents a catastrophic event that changes the lives of victims and their family members. Over time, family members rallying around their loved one may notice specific changes in their personality, a common outcome after the accident.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is common in young people, particularly those who started playing sports at much younger ages. Countless examples of high-profile professional athletes have also resulted in media stories, some highlighting the serious problem plaguing sports.

Studies reveal troubling trends

A study revealed that three-quarters of TBI victims feel like a different person post-accident, with changes to both their identity and personality. CTE involves damage to the prefrontal cortex that manages behaviors and regulates emotions. Frequently, the result is behavior that can be defined as impulsive and inappropriate.

More severe cases result in the commission of crimes. Brain injury experts encourage proactive approaches to identify individuals, screening them for concussions or brain injury. The outcome is a reduction in criminal activity, not to mention a decrease in re-offending, which can alleviate prison overcrowding.

The problem of TBIs going on without notice or medical care is the focus on visible injuries instead of damage not seen. Even more frustrating is the current technology that needs to improve in identifying TBI. Technology from an MRI may show normal brain images that are anything but ordinary.

The technology is available. Functional MRIs or diffuser tension images can provide a more detailed and in-depth that could show a brain injury. Sadly, the sheer costs of these imaging techniques limit their availability and much-needed access.