Brain Damage and Depression

Definiton:Physical changes in the brain due to injury.Depression may result from injury to the areas of the brain that control emotions. Changes in the levels of certain natural chemicals in the brain, called neurotransmitters, can cause depression. Emotional response to injury.

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Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling down, sad, blue or hopeless.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities.
  • Feeling worthless, guilty, or that you are a failure.
  • Changes in sleep or appetite.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Withdrawing from others.
  • Tiredness or lack of energy.
  • Moving or speaking more slowly, or feeling restless or fidgety.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

Brain Damage (Concussion):

     A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head that disrupts the brain’s normal function. Not all blows or bumps cause a TBI, however. And a TBI, when it does occur, can be mild.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBI, as concussions are known medically, was the diagnosis in more than 282,000 hospitalizations and 2.5 million emergency department visits in 2013 (for people of all ages). From 2001 to 2012, the CDC says, the rate of ED visits for injuries related to sports or recreation related concussion more than doubled among children ages 19 and younger, the agency says.

   Another study, by FAIR Health, found that the increase in youth concussion grew 500% from 2010 to 2016.