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Can a brain injury alter your personality?

| Dec 28, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

After getting involved in a workplace accident, you may find yourself struggling in the aftermath. This is particularly true if you suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries often leave physical, mental and emotional scars. 

They can also create surprising hurdles that you likely do not anticipate. For example, a TBI can impact your overall personality. 

Temper and rash behavior after a TBI

Mayo Clinic takes a look at the true impact of traumatic brain injuries. Not only can a TBI impact your ability to recall things, but it can even change parts of your personality. For example, your frontal lobe regulates your inhibitions. When damaged, you may struggle to control impulsive behavior. This can lead to saying or doing things in a rash, dangerous way. You could accidentally hurt the feelings of loved ones due to these unmetered reactions. 

Temper is another big change many TBI sufferers go through. Your loved ones may also have the hardest time adjusting to this. Many TBI sufferers will develop a snappy temper. You may become more likely to lash out at others. Your mood might shift without warning, with you feeling happy one moment and disgruntled the next. 

Poor coping with stressors and trauma

You may also lose your ability to cope well with stressful situations. For example, returning to the workplace could feel like it is too much to handle. Unable to cope, you might have an emotional breakdown. 

Needless to say, these issues will affect your ability to work, especially in the direct aftermath of an incident. This is why many people in your shoes choose to seek compensation, which can help pay for medical expenses even if you must take time off work.