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How can a TBI affect your stress coping?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2022 | Personal Injury

Head injuries can impact victims in many different ways. This includes emotional, behavioral and physical impacts that can last days to years, or even a lifetime.

They can also impact your ability to cope with stress. But in what ways, and how?

Temperament and impulse control

The CDC Injury Center discusses how stress can affect your coping. Generally speaking, the impact of a TBI on a victim will differ depending on several factors. This includes the area of injury and its severity, the health of the victim, and more.

However, some potential effects come up more often than others. In specific, lowered inhibitions, struggles with restraint, and aggravated temperaments continue to come up in these cases. This is especially true with damage to the frontal lobe, which is the impulse control center of the brain.

Without one’s ability to control impulses or their temperament, they are much more likely to struggle with the average stressors of daily life. They may struggle under the weight of the pressures of their job, or even just with the small nuisances or stress that stacks up in and out of work.

Problems for employees

Unfortunately, this poses a major issue especially for working individuals. An employer will struggle with an employee who can no longer cope with the stress associated with the job, and it is not beneficial for an employee to struggle with emotional breakdowns or difficulties while on the clock.

This is just one of many reasons why it is important to seek compensation for the initial injury. It can help cover medical expenses, as well as provide a cushion for trying job times.