Aggression in Brain Injury Patients Could Interfere with Treatment
If you or someone you know suffers from a brain injury, you may have witnessed the cognitive and emotional changes that take place after the injury. For many people with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), one common emotional change is aggressive behavior.
In one study, patients with TBI were three times as likely to exhibit aggressive behavior compared to patients with head injuries who did not have TBI. Aggressive patients were also likely to be depressed and have poorer social functioning. These patients were also more likely to have a history of drug and alcohol abuse in addition to having a higher number of legal interventions due to aggression.
Unfortunately, this aggressive behavior could interfere with patients' treatment and vocational rehabilitation. This study highlights how psychological conditions after brain injury can often complicate the diagnosis and treatment process. Patients with aggressive behavior should therefore be carefully evaluated for a head injury. Talk to a doctor in your area to learn more about coping with aggression while receiving brain injury treatment.
Tateno A, Jorge RE, Robinson RG. Clinical correlates of aggressive behavior after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2003;15:155-160.