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Our brains are truly fantastic and amazing. They can process massive amounts of information, they hold our personality, and they make us what we are. That being said, there are plenty of factors that can change our brains and cause them to change and cause our personalities to shift. Brain injury has the ability to completely change the person that we were and are and can impact our lives for decades to come.

Brain Injury and Our Personality

Our brains house our emotions, our memories, and all the facets of our personalities that make us who we are. When our brains are injured there is a potential for our personality to change and for our overall demeanor to change as well. So, what about brain injuries affects our personality you might ask, the question is a bit more complex than you might imagine. The main issue is that our brains change as they heal, and this can then change the way that we perceive our world.

When the brain is injured as with a concussion for instance, this damage can cause the connections between the neurons and the blood vessels in the brain to change. This means that the chemistry of the brain changes, the way that the brain processes information and how it takes in the normal day to day. This change in the neurons and the neurovascular couplings or the brain makes processing information slower, it can make it more frustrating and harder to process what we are taking in, and it can make it more difficult to live your daily life. With an injury like a concussion, the brain normally heals within a few weeks and your brain will be back to normal, without any long-lasting consequences.

The area of the brain that is damaged and the nature of the damage is another factor to keep in mind. If the cerebral cortex of the brain is damaged, you can have severe and dramatic personality changes. The cerebral cortex is responsible for your memory, how you pay attention, your perception, how we process information and even how aware we are. The limbic system in the brain is responsible for our emotions, our behavior and even our motivation to do things and to act.

The hippocampus is known for processing and storing memories and if that is damaged, we can experience long- and short-term memory loss which can understandably lead to frustration and to being more irritable. After an injury, your brain has a hard time healing, though the brain does heal quickly, the lasting effects of brain injury can make healing more difficult. For those that have experienced depression in the past, depression after a brain injury is more common and does happen more often.

Common Personality Changes After a Brain Injury

There are some common issues and personality changes that you can look for to determine if you or someone you know is suffering from a personality change based on traumatic brain injury. Those that suffer from a brain injury can have emotional mood swings, they may be happy one moment then seemingly irritated or unhappy the next. You may notice that they have trouble remembering things, they may have trouble with depression, anxiety, and with a general mental fog that simply makes it hard to get up and go every day.

If that is the case most doctors will suggest that you wait a couple of weeks to see if the issues go away as the brain heals and as the brain recovers from the injury. If your side effects persist or they get worse over time instead of better, you do need to seek medical attention to see what is going on. Doctors can perform brain scans and MRIs to find out how the brain is working, what might be going wrong, and what issues might be occurring currently in the brain to see what the root of the issue is.

So, what can you do if you have a brain injury that is not your fault and that did occur as the result of something that another person did or did not do? When someone’s neglectful actions led to your brain injury the best course of action is to seek legal help and to find out if you are eligible for compensation. Traumatic brain injuries that affect the personality and the brain itself can make it difficult to work and can make it hard to get around. It can make it challenging to keep your job, to get up each day, and to simply live your life.

You may be able to sue for compensation to help pay your medical bills, to help pay your other bills while you are off work, and to help you recover your life after a traumatic brain injury. Any accident that was the fault of another person does make it possible for you to get compensation and to get money so that you can keep on living while you recover and while you work to get back to the person that you were before injury.