Mental Illness and Brain Injury Are Not a Dual Diagnosis

One of the most common misconceptions about mental illness and traumatic brain injury is that it's a dual diagnosis, that it's something separate from the traumatic brain injury rather than the mental illness actually stemming from the actual injury to the brain. When we talk about problems after brain injury, some things seem to be intuitive. So for example, if a patient has cognitive difficulties after a brain injury, everyone knows that's from the brain injury. If somebody has problems with their sensory system or their motor system, everybody knows that's from the brain injury. But people don't appreciate that if you have an injury to the brain it will actually produce problems in your behavior and problems in your emotions, such as being irritable, being depressed, being anxious, as a result of the actual injury to the brain.

Often, behavioral and emotional symptoms are a result of a TBI and should be treated as such.

Posted on BrainLine June 9, 2011

Produced by Vicky Youcha and Ashley Gilleland, BrainLine.

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Sorry for your SEVERE CRISIS, I'm not at all medical trained, although I have been in Crim. Just, along with multiple hrs in state level training hours. Clearly, they don't know what to do, so to avoid a lawsuit, they try to just advocate the ungodly nightmare this has to be. Clearly the mother has to know any day, this boy will if not arrested, but placed in the state to protect others, as well as himself. Grab a notebook & try to remember dates & events, go to the District Attorneys office. I've said often, UNDER-EDUCATED COPS will & can get someone hurt, & sometimes their just doing what "Brass (Bosses) have instructed them to do. Go to the news paper, get an outside video camera (Hunting area at WalMart), & post'm on fb, youtube, what to heck... So sorry for your dilemma. While my husband has displayed similar, his bouts of anger he created in belief always that he thought I had another bf & that level was aimed at ME, neighbors got verbal. Which in the apt. complex I lived, management decided to retaliate against me for filing complaint with HUD, for him not complying with VAWA.

I have a violent aggressive neighbor whom police officer says cannot be blamed due to TBI. Though his mother says her son (a grown man) is not mentally ill. She also states that even though he physically assaulted me when I caught him stealing furniture from my neighbor, that he would go unpunished...why? She also threatened me to not say that I thought he had a knife or a gun when he surely acted as if he did. Then when I turned my back to him, he threw a ceramic bowl at my back which shattered upon impact on my back. But police said that I should feel compassion for him. I feel only ultimate fear.

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