Brain Injury Can Cause Depression

About 30% of patients who experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) go on to become depressed, reveals a recent study. Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center studied people with TBIs suffered due to assaults, sports, falls and traffic accidents.

The researchers say 30% of patients suffering TBI develop short and long term depression. Among the general public, about 10% are depressed. Every year, hospital emergency units in the U.S. treat about 1.2 million TBI cases. The research findings suggest about 360,000 of these TBI patients can suffer depression.

This study is important because there is not much research on the effectiveness and safety of antidepressants for people with brain injuries. Thus, the need of the hour is more useful research on the effects of depression medications on people with TBIs in both civilian life and the military.

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