Brain Injury Increases Risk of Mental Illness

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Brain Injury Increases Risk of Mental Illness

What happens to our mental health when the brain is injured? Neuroscience has begun to answer this important question, and the answer may or may not be surprising.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The spotlight is on the human brain and what happens when it’s hurt. Until recently, not much attention has been paid to the connection between brain injury and mental health. Now, however, studies are revealing important findings: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and mental illness are connected.

TBI Can Cause Mental Illness

Evidence is mounting and becoming undeniable: TBI can cause mental illness. Researchers in Denmark discovered that TBI can increase the risk of developing specific mental illnesses by a whopping 439%, depending on the illness (Hansen, 2014).

The most common mental illnesses caused by TBI are

TBI can lead to other mental health challenges, too. Even without a diagnosable illness, it’s common to experience emotional upheaval, behavioral changes, cognitive changes, difficulties in relationships, and more. Also, depending on the nature of the TBI, people sometimes experience acute stress disorder (ASD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The awareness that TBI can cause mental illness can lead to better identification of problems, better treatment for both brain injury and mental illness, and earlier intervention. Brain Injury Awareness Month is becoming a good month for mental health.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, March 26). Brain Injury Increases Risk of Mental Illness , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 26 from

Last Updated: March 28, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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