Emotional Consequences of Brain Injury

  • William J. Lynch

Abstract

It should come as no surprise that there are significant emotional consequences to serious head injuries. Consider, for example, the extreme distress you yourself would experience if you were involved in a major automobile accident. As a result, you become unconscious for several days or weeks; you awaken half paralyzed in an eerie room full of strange sights and sounds, costing $500 per day. Because of the restraints, tubes, and catheters, you are unable to move your unaffected side. Your hemiparetic side both puzzles and frightens you. You are aware of a distressing memory loss for recently occurring events. Your ability to speak or to comprehend written or spoken language is disrupted.

Keywords

Fatigue Catheter Depression Dementia Explosive 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Lynch
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  1. 1.Brain Injury Rehabilitation UnitVeterans Administration Medical CenterPalo AltoUSA

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