A recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) investigated the presence of a neurological condition known as pseudobulbar affect, or PBA, among hundreds of veterans. When families of traumatic brain injury victims report that their loved one seems like a different person after the accident, they are often referring to the effects of PBA, which involves exaggerated displays of emotion. Researchers found that 60 percent of veterans participating in the study suffer from PBA.
Due to the emotional nature of the condition, researchers suspect that many veterans with PBA keep quiet about it. PBA is not the kind of condition that can be treated through conventional therapies.
“This is not a psychiatric issue. It’s a neurological issue,” said the director of the study. “The debilitating part is that those outbursts can really occur in socially inappropriate times. It’s very difficult on families and obviously on the patients themselves. … [i]t just gives us another piece of the puzzle and helps us understand a little bit better the range of problems the TBI cohort has.”
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PBA is usually treated pharmaceutically; however, the cost of prescription drugs on top of the cost of traumatic brain injury treatment can be a heavy burden. The legal team of the Metier Law Firm, LLC understands the financial impact that comes with taking care of a brain injury victim for years. There is no reason to go through that process alone. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers will secure the compensation that you need to make sure that your loved one receives the best possible care without sacrificing your family’s financial wellbeing. For more information, contact us today at (866) 377-3800.
[Did You Know: The VA launched an assisted living pilot program for veterans with mild to severe brain injuries.]
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