Approximately half of the people who have experienced a serious head injury will suffer from depression. This is eight times more than is found in the general population. And less than half of these people who suffer from depression will receive the proper level of care.
Charles Bombadier, professor of rehabiitation medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, points out some clues to be aware of. The person with the serious head injury may deal with low energy, guilt, restlessness, concentration problems, and thoughts of dying as they suffer from depression.
Suicide is also more likely in the year following a serious head injury. It is essential that they receive the level of care they so badly need.
"Brain injuries themselves may cause changes in brain structure and function that predispose people to depression, says Bombadier. But certain factors also seem to increase a person's risk, including a history of alcohol abuse or depression before the injury."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 1.7million people have serious head injuries every year in the United States.