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Traumatic Brain Injury and Schizophrenia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a serious and growing problem in the United States, with 2.5 million such injuries occurred as either an isolated injury or along with other injuries in 2010. TBI can be caused by any type force that disrupts the normal function of the brain, such as blunt trauma to the head or by a penetrating injury. A TBI can range in severity anywhere from a brief moment of unconsciousness to extended periods of unconsciousness of amnesia following an impact.

TBI has been associated with “significant adverse mental health outcomes in up to one-third of survivors.” One of those adverse mental health outcomes, are neuropsychiatric disturbances such as: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, personality change, and cognitive impairment. However, for many years it was believed that TBI was not a cause for schizophrenia.

It is important to note that Schizophrenia is not a disease that is often accurately depicted in the media, movies, or television. In fact, these faulty depictions are the reason that many confuse multiple-personality disorder with schizophrenia. Instead, while multiple-personality disorder (now known as Dissociative identity disorder) is characterized by a split of the psyche resulting in at least two different and enduring identities, schizophrenia is a mental disorder typified by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real (the film A Beautiful Mind has been said to be a relatively accurate depiction of the behaviors of those afflicted with the disease.

Recent Study Between TBI and Schizophrenia

A recent study found a significant association between TBI and schizophrenia. There did not appear to be a dose-response relationship between severity of head injury and subsequent risk of schizophrenia (indicating that the severity of the impact likely did not have a causal relationship with the severity of the injury). The study found evidence to support the theory that a TBI can increase the risk of becoming afflicted with schizophrenia. In fact, another study found that people that have suffered a traumatic brain injury “are 1.6 times more likely to develop schizophrenia compared with those who have not suffered such an injury.” The researchers concluded that a brain injury “can pull on and break neural connections which can have real, biological consequences.”

If you or a loved one has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury due to the negligence of another and you believe that individual is beginning to suffer from schizophrenia as a result of this injury, it is well advised to contact a licensed Florida Attorney. Once the initial diagnosis and prognosis for recovery are established by your physician, it is important to consult with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if the injury was due to someone else’s negligence, whether the injury occurred in a car or motorcycle accident, or during a sporting event. The attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are committed to understanding the medical nuances of traumatic brain injury so that they can procure just compensation for victims. If we can assist you with a free case evaluation and consultation regarding a traumatic brain injury, please call us at 727-451-6900.

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