How traumatic brain injury affects the personality

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2020 | Personal Injury |

When Kentucky residents get into crashes, injury is common. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most common. They also have the potential to be among the most devastating. TBIs affect individuals in many different ways. Today we will look at the way TBIs affect a victim’s personality in specific.

Mayo Clinic examines the symptoms common to traumatic brain injury. The symptoms are often varied. They differ in intensity and type depending on how hard you hit your head and where you hit it. Frontal lobe damage is common. This is because many head injuries occur from the front, rather than the back or sides. Frontal lobe damage also carries the possibility of personality changes.

This is because the frontal lobe controls your ability to self-regulate. This area of the brain is responsible for your self-restraint. It is what keeps you from acting on impulse. Victims with damaged frontal lobes become much more impulsive. This means they cannot control what they say as well as they used to. This often leads to victims saying things in the heat of the moment that they do not mean.

They often have worse tempers, too. They cannot manage their frustrations as well as they used to. They also have more frustrations to deal with. This is especially true if they are dealing with memory troubles. They may even lash out at loved ones. This is not only difficult for the victim, but for the people they lash out at. It often pushes loved ones away, which makes the recovery process harder for everyone.