Traumatic Brain Injury and Depression
A recent article by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre states that medication is insufficient for depression in those suffering from a traumatic brain injury. The study says that antidepressants only “led to remission of symptoms in a minority of patients”, suggesting that multidisciplinary treatment modalities are needed to “achieve adequate control of depressive symptoms following traumatic brain injury”.
Major depression is a complication seen in about one-third of patients within the first year of a TBI and when present, is associated with poor psychosocial functioning and persisting post-concussive symptoms. Major depression is associated with substantial psychosocial dysfunction and post-concussive symptomatology following traumatic brain injury.