Traumatic brain injuries and anger

| Dec 1, 2017 | Brain Injury |

The Virginia health care providers who took care of your loved one after a serious head injury may believe recovery is going well. However, they may not recognize personality differences because they have limited knowledge of him or her. To you, your loved one may seem like a totally different person. We at Cranwell & Moore, P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, have worked with many people whose relatives have suffered long-term damages from a brain injury caused by another’s negligence.

According to, anger is a common effect of TBI. It could be due to the new challenges that your loved one faces, which may be significant. But, it could also be that the area of the brain that was damaged used to control the emotions, and now does not. It could be a temporary condition that improves with overall recovery, but for some, the new circumstances are permanent.

You may notice that episodes of anger arise quickly, and from seemingly small issues that would not have distressed your loved one before the accident. Stimuli that trigger anger may involve too much noise, unexpected incidents or activities that lack structure. Your loved one could also be dealing with a significant amount of pain or fatigue, or be struggling with medication side effects.

You should watch for signs of frustration, fear or embarrassment, as these could lead to anger if not addressed. You may need to intervene quickly if your loved one begins fidgeting, becomes aggressive, breaks or throws objects, or starts moving toward someone or something. To learn more about damages that arise from injuries, please visit our webpage.