Depression after brain injury


Pamela Law, Ph.D.

Depression is a common consequence and reaction to traumatic brain injury. Depression can affect both survivors of brain injury and family members. This tip card describes the signs of depression with tips on when and how to ask for help. Checklists for family members and survivors have practical advice on what to do and what not to do when dealing with depression.

The effects of depression can have wide ranging consequences for the survivor's recovery and rehabilitation. It can affect the family's ability to provide care and to function. This tip card explains how depression is different from "the blues" and why it is important to seek treatment. There is a checklist for survivors and family members to identify changes in patterns of behavior that is useful when talking with a physician, counselor or therapist.

Pages 8
Year Second edition, 2011