By On August 1st, 2005

About Aggressive Behavior Following TBI

In a study conducted by Amane Tateno, Ricardo E. Jorge, and Robert G. Robinson of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, aggressive behavior was found in 33.7 percent of TBI patients and 11.5% of patients without TBI during the first six months after injury.

Their paper, entitled “Clinical Correlates of Aggressive Behavior After Traumatic Brain Injury” identifies aggression as an associated feature of TBI:

“Aggressive behaviors have also been related to the presence of brain lesions in specific locations such as the hypothalamus, paralimbic areas of the temporal lobe, and the prefront cortex.”

“In TBI patients with both aggression and depression disorder are associated with poor social functioning.”

The finding conclude that treatment of major depression and substance abuse may help reduce episodes of aggression in patients who have suffered TBI.

6 Responses

  1. jon regan says:

    I have tbi and ptsd. Retired army on meds but still have agression and anti social behavior. What can I do?

    • carolyn chambers spouse says:

      We are dealing with my husband’s tbi the only way we know. For me Carolyn it can feel like I’m living in a hell. He has outburst and acts very childlike. Yesterday it went on for three hours. He also threaten to hurt himself. I don’t know how to deal with this type of behavior. I need help!

      • Rolf Gainer Ph.D. says:

        Dear Ms. Chambers,

        Your state brain injury association or brain injury alliance can help you with finding resources and supports for both you and your husband. We recognize that the caregiver burden is significant and that often guidance is not available. If you need further help please contact Brookhaven Hospital through our Get Help Now form and one of our staff will speak with you.

        Thank you for sharing your personal story.

        Rolf B. Gainer, PhD.

    • Rolf Gainer Ph.D. says:

      Dear Mr. Regan,

      Contact your local VA and inquire about brain injury services which are available. You may also want to reach out to your state brain injury association or brain injury alliance to learn about their support groups, programs and resources. If we can be of further help please contact one of Brookhaven;s Brain Injury Case Managers at 888-298-4673.

      Thank you for your email.

      Rolf B. Gainer, Ph.D.

  2. Lori tabaka says:

    I have a son who has Down syndrome and was hit by a car in1995 and has a tbi. My question is how can I help him with his violent behavior? Right now he is doing okay but I do see some of the bad violent behavior returning. Such as he is body slamming me, slapping , hitting….he is so impulsive also.i forgot to mention that he is 28 years old.,he does go to a day treatment facility 4’days a week…he is showing the same behavior while at the facility. He is on Ativan, tegretol , and Prozac as of now. I would really appreciate any input you could give me.
    Thank you so much

  3. John Ray Allen says:

    My son has TBI the mood swings dont get easier too handle,very child like. Hes 25 i became disable no longer able too care for him. Iam at wits in too help. Ive tried too reach out for resources get the run around, He was in car accident when he was 11.The doctors told us then some of his mental thinking will stay at 11. need help now.

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