An important article recently published in Science Daily offered details of a new study providing the first scientific evidence linking traumatic brain injuries to post-traumatic stress disorder. This development is especially important because it confirms something that many people who follow the issue have, until now, known only anecdotally.
Through numerous books and movies PTSD has come to be associated with war and other trauma-inducing disasters. The new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, however, offers “the first evidence of a causal link between traumatic brain injury and an increased susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder,” according to Science Daily.
The article notes that “the reasons for this correlation are unknown.” It is not possible at this time to say whether the apparent link between traumatic brain injuries and PTSD is physical or psychological. The fact that the source of the link is difficult to determine is, however, less important than the fact that it exists. The first step in beginning to recover from an Oregon traumatic brain injury is to understand the long-term consequences that may accompany the injury. Only by doing this can victims move past the initial shock of the injury and begin the healing process.
An important step in that process can be a conversation with a Portland brain injuries attorney. Just as the science concerning Oregon TBI and PTSD is still developing, so, too, are the laws concerning these issues. As I have written on a number of occasions over the last two years, we are still learning just how serious Oregon traumatic brain injuries can be, and the unexpected ways in which they can occur. Coping with an injury is a complex, and emotional, task. Seeking experienced professional advice at every stage of the process is essential for any Oregonian’s well-being.