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How can traumatic brain injuries change your personality?

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2023 | Catastrophic Personal Injuries

In the tapestry of the human brain, a traumatic brain injury can affect personality. When the brain sustains a blow, the repercussions are not confined to physical impairments alone.

The interplay of neurons and synapses changes, resulting in alterations to one’s personality.

Cognitive impacts

The cognitive impacts of a traumatic brain injury form the cornerstone of personality changes. The intricate dance of memory, attention and executive functions can change, setting off a domino effect that reverberates through the core of one’s being.

With 500 out of every 100,000 Americans facing a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, people should watch out for signs of injuries beyond a concussion. Once-organized thoughts may become fragmented, leading to difficulties in decision-making and emotional regulation. These altered behaviors can be starkly different from the individual’s pre-injury self.

Hidden traits

In some instances, traumatic brain injuries act as a catalyst, unmasking latent personality traits beneath the surface. A once-reserved individual may become impulsive, and a planner might transform into a risk-taker. These changes can be confusing not only for the person affected but also for those who are close to them.

New emotional landscape

Emotions, the bedrock of human experience, undergo a shift after a traumatic brain injury. Where there was once stability, emotions may become erratic and unpredictable. Depression, anxiety and irritability may take root.

Understanding the impact on personality allows for empathy and support as individuals navigate the altered landscape of selfhood. The human spirit can find new ways to express its essence, even amidst the challenging terrain of transformed personalities.