Studies Show Concussion Injury Can Lead to Depression: Don’t Ignore the Long Term Effects

Posted on September 9, 2014 by

Your brain is composed of soft tissue cushioned by spinal fluid and protected by your skull. Force or trauma to the head can bruise the sensitive tissues of your brain, damaging blood vessels and nerves. This type of traumatic brain injury may be described as “just a concussion”. However, recent studies have shown that while fairly common in the United States, a concussion, particularly in children and teens, can disrupt normal brain function and can cause long term effects such as depression and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

All people, including children and teenagers, can sustain a concussion from accidents such as:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Sports-related trauma usually in contact sports (e.g. soccer, football, martial arts)

Because a concussion often does not show outer physical signs, its symptoms may be ignored and often left untreated. If your child has suffered a bump, blow or jolt to the head, seeking immediate medical attention is important, particularly if your child experiences any of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Feeling lightheaded or dazed
  • Blurry vision and sensitivity to light
  • Memory loss, particularly of details immediately before and after the injury
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness

Concussion and Depression

Another reason why a concussion should not be ignored is that research shows that 10% of children who experience a concussion suffer depression. Others tend to develop ADHD (a learning disorder) and have difficulty controlling their moods and anger.

These are life-long effects that require treatment and therapy; otherwise, your child’s cognitive and emotional development and quality of life may be affected. In addition to medical treatment, your child may need home care for a period, causing you or another caring adult to take time off work. Managing the related depression and other psychological effects may also require long-term treatment through therapy.

The financial and emotional costs arising from brain injury can be overwhelming. If someone else’s negligence led to your child’s brain injury, it is comforting to know that there are legal actions which can be explored to help you manage the recovery process.

In the metropolitan Los Angeles area, seasoned attorney Marvin S. Lanter has been helping clients cope with many of the challenges that brain injuries pose by obtaining the maximum amount of legal damages for them. All it takes is a free consultation to determine how you can pursue a financial settlement for your child, and the Law Office of Marvin Lanter can take care of the rest. We welcome your call today at 310-276-1142.

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