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Can Brain Injuries Cause Mental Illnesses?

Brain injuries cause health issues that extend beyond memory deficits and other cognitive problems. More evidence is being found that brain injuries can increase the risk of developing mental illnesses. According to a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a single head injury between the ages of 11 and 15 is a strong predictor for future mental illnesses. A single head injury for this age group can increase the risk of depression by 59 percent and schizophrenia by 65 percent. Why does this happen? The answer involves faulty brain wiring. Researchers with the University of Minnesota claim disruption in brain circuitry can cause mental illnesses. Depending on where the injury and disruption occur, people with brain injuries can be more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Other studies claim brain injuries increase the long-term risk of suicide by threefold. In fact, we recently wrote a blog…
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How Lafayette Residents Can Get Involved in Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain injuries are sometimes called “invisible injuries” because the effects are difficult for other people to observe. People with brain injuries may have problems with memory, speech, emotions, balance or behavior. Centers for Disease Control statistics suggest 5.3 million Americans are living with these invisible injuries. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and several organizations and events are going to help bring awareness to people living with brain injuries. Lafayette residents can also get involved in Brain Injury Awareness month by helping spread educational materials or even holding events. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the largest brain injury nonprofit in the U.S., has several posters and fliers available on its website. Local businesses (and law firms) can print these posters and fliers and hang them around the office. Social media campaigns can also help spread awareness of brain injuries. The BIAA posts regular status updates on brain injuries…
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