Our mind’s complications and intricacies are both advantageous and
unfortunate. Clearly, we benefit from being able to reach unsurpassed
levels of intricacy and intellect, but this same complexity is what makes
studying the mind so difficult. From both medical and psychological standpoints,
our minds and our brains largely remain mysteries.
But we are seeing improvements to our understanding each year due to dedicated
scientific professionals, and we are starting to scratch the surface of
more questions. In particular, researchers want to know if a traumatic
brain injury (TBI) can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Is Correlation Causation?
PTSD is a mental condition that causes certain images, sounds, and other
sensory input to trigger an emotional breakdown or panic attack. For example,
a soldier who was injured by a mortar shell may tremble in fear if they
hear a car backfire or a balloon pop; or someone who was seriously injured
after being struck by a black truck can become unstable if they are near
a truck of any kind. These examples are not randomly picked but are actually
at the source of this underlying question, for most people who suffer
from PTSD have been through a violent situation that caused them to suffer
a brain injury, such as a
car accident or warfare.
Can this correlation between having a TBI and then having PTSD episodes
of the accident or incident be seen as causation? At this point, the information
is not clear enough, unfortunately. There seems to be evidence that PTSD
symptoms are worsened by the presence or onset of a TBI, but direct causes
are not concrete yet. There are numerous cases of PTSD affecting someone
who did not suffer a brain injury, and there are many more instances of
someone with a TBI having to PTSD triggers.
What Can Be Done About TBI & PTSD?
Until more research is conducted and we learn more about our minds and
brains, people who suffer from a TBI and PTSD may be able to find compensation
and some solace through a lawsuit. If you or someone you love is suffering
from either condition, our Irvine brain injury attorney at The Law Offices
of Thomas E. Rockett can help you file a claim. Call
714.701.8182 today for more information about our services and your rights.