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Can a head injury change your personality?

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Recovering from a head injury may prove challenging on many fronts. The way your life changes, as a result, may go far beyond the physical impact of the damage.

The damage caused by a head injury may prove significant for your future. You may no longer function in the same physical or mental capacity. Not only that, but the damage may leave you changed on a fundamental level. Discover how a blow to the head may alter your personality for the worse.

How can a head injury impact mood?

The brain is the epicenter of the body. It contains a highly sensitive network of nerves that directs every element of your existence, from breathing to sleeping. Your emotional responses and moods reside in your brain. When the brain areas that house emotion become damaged, your moods may change. Your brain may no longer have the capacity to regulate emotions, resulting in mood swings that seem uncontrollable.

What are common emotional changes?

When the brain’s emotional hub can no longer return to its pre-injury state, your general state may permanently change. A brain injury to this area significantly alters how you present to the world. Common emotional changes include:

  • Irritability and anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiousness
  • Impulsiveness

How does this affect your life?

If your brain loses the ability to regulate mood swings, it may cause those around you to feel the stress. While you may not necessarily understand the effect, the people who care for you may. Emotional outbursts may push partners away and leave significant divides between siblings and adult children.

The shift in personality after a head injury may change the composition of your home. You should consider this when seeking guidance on navigating life after an accident.