Traumatic Brain Injuries and Mental Health

therapists in Charlotte, NCWhether you sustained a concussion while playing sports or were involved in a motor vehicle accident where you survived head trauma, a traumatic brain injury can significantly affect your mental health. A recent study found that 1.7 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year. While not all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are severe, even the more benign injuries, like a mild concussion or a simple blow to the head, can have long lasting effects. Knowing which symptoms are related to the TBI can be difficult and may not present until the person has healed or may not seem related to the head injury at all. As a result, many of these symptoms are ignored or treated as something else. If you are in need of quality therapists in Charlotte, NC, please call Legacy Freedom for help.

People who have sustained a head injury are at a much higher risk for mental health issues than those who have not. As a result, those around the injured person need to remain diligent in monitoring for signs that they are struggling with their mental health after injury. Common symptoms include:

  • Increasingly agitated behavior
  • Angry outbursts
  • Extreme frustration or lack of patience
  • Inability to manage daily stress
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Disconnecting from family and friends
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Experiencing the stages of grief
  • Mood changes
  • Hallucinations or paranoia

When these symptoms present themselves it is important that friends, family and loved ones encourage the person to seek mental health care. Mental illness can exacerbate the problems associated with a TBI and can even hinder the rehabilitation process and delay healing. After a traumatic brain injury, it is possible to develop new mental illnesses like schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, and depression.

The result of frequent or recurring TBIs can be seen in professional football players. Recurring injuries increase the risk of depression, personality disorder, and anxiety. As a result of frequent injury, the likelihood of a person with a TBI committing suicide is significantly increased. If the TBI occurs in conjunction with another injury, like a spinal cord injury, the risk of suicide or developing additional mental health issues is greater still.

Most Qualified Therapists in Charlotte, NC

At Legacy Freedom of Charlotte, we specialize in working with those who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. Our highly trained staff utilizes a holistic approach to your mental health and puts you at the center of treatment focus, not your mental illness. Together with your care team, you will create a care plan that is designed to meet your needs and to help you overcome the challenges you face with your mental health as a result of your TBI. Whether you have become depressed or developed PTSD because of the circumstances surrounding your TBI or you're exhibiting signs of schizophrenia, our one-on-one therapy approach can help you identify the underlying causes and co-occurring disorders.

Combining individual therapy with group therapy, physical and nutrition therapy and alternative therapies allows Legacy Freedom to treat the whole person, not just the mental illness. With more than ten alternative therapies to choose from, you're sure to find something to pique your interest and help you meet your therapeutic goals. Acupuncture, EMDR, inner child therapy or equine therapy are just a few of the treatment options you have with Legacy.

Ready to get started on your journey to healing? Call or click to connect with the best therapists in Charlotte, NC! Every inquiry is confidential, and our team is ready to work with you. What are you waiting for?

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