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Possible link between childhood brain injury and anxiety found

There is still so much that we don’t know about the effects of brain trauma. However, researchers around the world are learning more and more about how the brain reacts to serious injury. This important research will hopefully lead to treatments that will minimize the impact a traumatic brain injury can create in victims’ lives here in Hawaii.

A recent study suggests that childhood brain injury can have major effects much later in life than experts previously thought. Brain researchers in Australia say there may be a link between a brain injury as a kid and depression, anxiety and phobias as an adult.

The study

The study examined young adults in New Zealand who had been to the hospital for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or broken bones when they were around ages 7-10. The injuries all occurred at least 10 years ago, and some injuries were more than 15 years old.

When examined by a psychologist, those who had sustained a TBI in childhood were five times more likely to have an anxiety disorder than those with no such medical history. They were also four times likely to show signs of depression, panic attacks and phobias.

Women participating in the study who had suffered a TBI as girls were especially likely to have an anxiety disorder, though women in general are more vulnerable to this form of mental illness. The severity of the TBI also appears to play a role. You can read more details in a Washington Post article about the study here.

Know your rights

The more we learn about brain injury, the more obvious it is that living with one can have profound consequences on your independence and quality of life. If you or someone you love is living with a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, a conversation with a Hawaii personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights.

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