Risk Factors for Post-Concussion Mental Disorders Identified

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One in five people experienced post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depressive disorder 6 months after mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), the TRACK-TBI study found.

And people who were black, had a self-reported psychiatric history, or — in the case of PTSD — had injuries resulting from assault or other violence were at increased risk, reported Murray Stein, MD, MPH, of the University of California San Diego, and colleagues in JAMA Psychiatry.

“We see a number of patients who are not recovering well, and we are trying to figure out how to triage these people appropriately,” Iaccarino told MedPage Today. “Concussions are a very common injury and not everybody needs specialty care, but a significant minority does.”

“We used to think that the more severe the initial presentation was, the more likely it would be that you would have a protracted recovery,” Iaccarino continued. “Now we know that, in a lot of cases, the severity of concussion might not be the most important factor. Certainly it is important, but it’s not coming out as the most important factor in the research.”

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