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Brain damage and its effect on your personality

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2019 | Brain Injury

New Jersey residents who have suffered from some sort of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the past can find themselves dealing with the consequences for years to come. While many people know about the potential physical set-backs or issues related to memory, some aren’t aware of the fact that it can affect a person’s personality as well.

FindLaw examines the many different issues that can show themselves after a traumatic injury to the brain has occurred. They specifically mention the possibility of “personality changes”, going on to further explain that a person suffering from TBI-related emotional swings could experience:

  • Increased agitation and anger
  • Argumentative tendencies
  • The inability to predict strong mood swings
  • Crying or laughing without expecting to do so
  • Sudden intense bouts of depression, or falling into depression more easily

Some of these problems may manifest immediately, while others could take days, weeks, or even months to fully make themselves known.

Psychology Today also has a multi-part series focusing specifically on the personality changes that can accompany a TBI. It discusses how damage to different areas of the brain can affect the personality in different ways. Some display changes so minute that they can hardly be detected. Others experience a personality shift so drastic that an author has described it as “Jekyll and Hyde syndrome”, in which one personality is entirely rational and kind while the other can be unpredictable and even dangerous.

Dealing with a loved one’s sudden shift in personality can be a traumatic experience. Many people may find that the relief that comes with legal aid can help lessen their overall burdens, allowing them to be more present for their loved ones in this trying time.