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What are some other symptoms of traumatic brain injuries?

Brain injuries are unique in that many of their symptoms may not be readily apparent through casual observation. Unlike a broken arm or a severe burn, many brain injury victims may appear normal based on just their outer appearances. However, it's important to remember that your brain is also the reservoir of your personality. A car crash, motorcycle accident or even a slip and fall can sometimes cause injuries to victims' brains that can also adversely affect their personalities.

Mood swings or quickly shifting levels of emotions are one example of how a brain injury might alter your personality. Some people liken mood swings to being on an emotional roller coaster ride. One minute you may feel euphoric, and then suddenly begin to feel sad just moments later. This is often a result of the victim experiencing damage to the portion of their brain that regulates emotions.

Anxiety is another unfortunate side effect of many brain injuries. Often this manifests itself as a victim feeling a disproportionate amount of fear or nervousness towards something. Excessive worrying about failing at tasks or making mistakes are some common experiences for these victims. These feelings can sometimes overwhelm these victims and cause them to descend into panic attacks when confronted with extremely stressful situations.

Depression is another common ailment among brain injury victims. A deep feeling of sadness is unfortunately sometimes another byproduct a victim may experience after a life-changing accident. Depression can sometimes set in when victims realize that their accidents may have long-term implications for their quality of life. Losing the ability to perform a cherished job or hobby due to other accident injuries are some examples of things that might bring about depression in some victims.

There are a few things you should know if you are a North Carolina resident suffering with brain injuries caused by an accident. You may be entitled to sue for compensation in situations where your accident might have been due to someone else's negligence. This can be important for you because many behavioral therapies used to treat certain brain injuries can be quite expensive.

An attorney experienced with North Carolina's personal injury laws may be able to help you recover for those expenses through civil litigation. If successful, you may be able to get the help you need to end your suffering.

Source: Brainline.org, "Emotional Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury," accessed June 18, 2015

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