Can a brain injury affect personality?

A brain injury is always serious. Even a mild injury can cause side effects and problems for you. Your doctor in California will likely require monitoring and follow up visits to ensure your brain heals properly. While the physical damage is easy to see and monitor for your doctor, there are other possible issues that could arise that are a little more difficult to deal with, for you and your doctor. One of those is changes to your personality.

The Family Caregiver Alliance states that personality changes due to a brain injury are possible. It really depends on the location and extent of the injury. It could alter how you think, act and feel. The changes may be subtle and not impact your life very much, or they could be severe and change your life.

You might notice that you react differently to things. You may have a response to a situation that is inappropriate or exaggerated. The changes are typically more noticeable to those around you because you cannot see them. You could have key elements of your personality that have changed. For example, you could have been very laid back before the injury and not you are nervous and wound up all the time.

The changes may make others comment on them or compare you to how you used to be. While they may think that is helpful, it could trigger you to feel embarrassed or upset. There may be no going back to the way you were, so you and those around you have to learn to live with the new you. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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