Your mood will change a lot after a concussion. You may feel irritable, anxious, or depressed. You may find your moods change very quickly (e.g., you’re crying one minute and laughing the next) like being on an emotional roller coaster. You may also find that you don’t care about things like you used to. Talk to your family doctor if you have these symptoms.
The following are common mood problems and ways to help you deal with them. Watch these
YouTube clips for more information on moods.
Anxiety is a feeling of fear or nervousness. You may feel anxious without exactly knowing why. Or you may worry and become anxious about making too many mistakes, being criticized, or “failing” at a task.
Some people may have sudden onset of anxiety that can be overwhelming (panic attacks). Anxiety may be related to a very stressful situation— sometimes the situation that caused the injury—that gets “replayed” in the person’s mind over and over and interferes with sleep (post-traumatic stress disorder). Since each form of anxiety calls for a different treatment, anxiety should always be diagnosed by a mental health professional or physician.
What causes anxiety after concussion?
What can be done about anxiety?
Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of loss, sadness, or anger that interferes with a person’s everyday activities. People can become depressed when something unpleasant happens to them. Concussions are unpleasant injuries. People tell themselves unpleasant things all the time out of habit, not because those things are really true. Here are some strategies to help you feel better.
Irritability is a feeling of agitation. When you are irritable you become frustrated or upset more easily. Irritability starts to be a problem if it’s harming your relationships and how you communicate with people. Some strategies to manage irritability include:
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