Having a traumatic brain injury can affect everyone differently and usually no two cases are identical. Brain injury patients could experience different symptoms and recover at different rates, depending on how serious the injury and how well they respond to treatment. Doctors have now found a link between brain injury and an increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder and a higher risk for developing an anxiety disorder.
According to the University of California, Los Angeles, the study found an association between a traumatic brain injury and PTSD, especially in military veterans. They found that those that experienced a traumatic brain injury had more fear than those that didn’t sustain a brain injury. Researchers feel that the injury primed the brain for learning to be afraid and made the person more susceptible to acquiring an inappropriately strong fear. Every case is unique and the fear that causes the anxiety could be triggered by loud noises, enclosed spaces, or bright lighting.