Can Brain Injuries Cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Track-TBI study group have discovered that brain injuries may cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is more evidence that the mental scars of surviving an accident can persist for years. Accident survivors can experience psychological trauma such as PTSD without suffering a brain injury.

According to the study they released, 27 percent of patients with brain injuries were diagnosed with PTSD during their follow-up care. These people were not veterans, but individuals who had been injured and brought to civilian emergency rooms.

People suffering from PTSD can experience flashbacks, anxiety attacks, depression and/or insomnia. Although PTSD is difficult to treat, there are activities that might help with these symptoms.

What Can I Do to Alleviate PTSD Symptoms?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Stanford University have suggestions for activities that can help reduce symptoms of PTSD.

Meditation and mindfulness exercises: Researchers from Stanford have discovered meditation and breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety and depression in veterans with PTSD. Twenty-one veterans participated in a seven-day ‘breathing exercise’ workshop to learn mindfulness techniques. Those that practiced the techniques for a year reported reduced symptoms of PTSD.

Talking to others: The VA claims talking and reaching out to others with PTSD can help with symptoms. People with PTSD can help each other, so sufferers do not feel they are alone.

Participating in positive activities: According to the VA, people with PTSD can participate in positive recreational activities to escape symptoms. This can include sports, art or favorite hobbies.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of activities that might help with symptoms of PTSD. Therapists and doctors may include medication, behavioral therapies and stress training – just to name a few.