Did you know that getting a concussion can impact your mental health? Head injuries can have a variety of consequences both for mental and physical well-being. Let’s discuss some ways a concussion can impact your mental health and what to do if you think you may be in this situation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a concussion as, “a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.” Concussions can exist to varying degrees. Some of them barely cause symptoms, while others cause people to reconfigure their lives for years at a time.
If you think that you may have a concussion, reach out to a medical provider quickly to receive a professional opinion. There may be certain things you can do to lessen your symptoms and help the healing process. Limiting or eliminating screen time and taking physical activity easy are just a few ways to limit the impact of concussions.
If you have a mental health diagnosis, it’s possible that a concussion could make it worse. This can be scary for a lot of people. Sometimes, medications that used to work well for individuals may no longer be the right fit due to the increased severity of symptoms post-concussion. Increased mental health concerns after a concussion can be confusing, as many people don’t realize that these can be correlated.
If you’re dealing with increased mental health symptoms after a concussion, it’s best to speak with a mental health professional about all your options. There’s a treatment path that’s right for you. Our team at Avalon Malibu is always here to provide you with information and help you make the right decisions about your individual treatment plan and goals.
It can be extremely overwhelming to deal with the effects of a head injury. Changes to mental health can be extremely isolating and confusing if you don’t know which treatment options are right for you. If you’re in the process of exploring all your treatment possibilities after a concussion, consider Avalon Malibu. Our team can help you explore the many different mental health services we provide. If you’re ready to learn more about our services and if they could be the right fit for your situation, give us a call at (844) 857-5992.