Concussions CAN Change Your Emotions!

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Dealing with emotional change

Emotional change might be the most difficult to think about or to discuss with a loved one when you notice the symptoms. Just know that emotional change is normal, and it is just a sign of an injury. So you may notice yourself or a loved one experiencing the inability to control anger or tearfulness or anxiety or depression.

And it’s frustrating because either you, the injured person, or a loved one might feel like saying or might even say out loud, “You should be able to control this. You should stop crying. You should feel better. You should get back to work. You should do this.”

Comparison to a broken arm

And I just want to say your brain is injured, right? You can’t just fix it with sheer willpower. Just like you can’t fix a broken arm. It has to heal. You have to get the treatment. You have to get physical therapy. You have to let your arm and the surrounding muscles recover, and the same is true for your brain.

What you should do

If you are experiencing any kind of decreased ability to control your emotions, that is a significant sign that you might have a brain injury. So talk to your doctor, get a diagnosis, find out what treatment options are best for you, and seek treatment. The sooner you do it, the better of course, but even if it’s months after the injury, you can still find help and hope for recovery.

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