Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bipolar and TBI

DH consistently refers to his Bipolar Disorder as a "Brain Injury", mostly because the psychiatrist, when DH was hospitalized in 2006/07 did a CT scan and found abnormalities (click here for more on that).  And, of course, a "Brain Injury" carries less stigma than a "Mental Illness".  I was searching Google to see if there really was any way that a TBI (traumatic brain injury) could manifest as a mental illness, and I found this extremely interesting article on braininjury.com:

There is substantial psychological and neuro-behavioral evidence available to support the fact that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a risk factor for subsequent psychiatric disorders. In the Journal of Brain Injury (van Reekum R, 1996). The study revealed high rates for post-TBI patients of major depression, bipolar affective disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, borderline and avoidant personality disorders....."

(Click here to read the rest of this article)

Anyhow, this kind of blew me away, so I figured I'd post a link to the full article for all of you!


perphila said...

Do you think those records of brain injury could help with the Social Security case? Do the lawyers know?

Miz Kizzle said...

Makes sense to me. Google Phineas gage and you'll see a historic example of someone who had a dramatic personality change (not for the better) after suffering a avery traumatic brain injury.