How can a TBI impact your behavior?


A traumatic brain injury affects victims in many different ways, from your mental well-being to your behavior. It can change your physical health, as well. But some aspects get more press coverage than others.

Behavioral changes, on the other hand, tend to fly under the radar and take victims by surprise. But just how can a traumatic brain injury (TBI) affect your behavior?

Why does it happen?

As Mayo Clinic points out, a TBI can differ greatly from person to person. This means the effects also differ greatly as well and manifest in changed ways from person to person depending on their health among other factors. The area of the hit and the force behind it can also change how it manifests.

When a TBI affects your behavior or personality, some changes rise to the surface more often than not. For example, an increase in aggressive behavior and impulsivity are two common changed factors. This is due to the location of impulse control in the frontal lobe, which often suffers from damage in TBI incidents.

Common behavioral changes

It can manifest in many ways, such as:

  • The inability to “think before you speak”, or monitor your thoughts before you say things aloud
  • Rash behavior, or acting without thinking first
  • The urge to do things impulsively without reason behind them, even if they are dangerous

Sudden changes in temper often impact your loved ones even more greatly. It is especially difficult for them to handle if you do not have a history of temper problems, as the sudden manifestation can make you seem like a stranger.

It is important for TBI sufferers to acknowledge that these issues are out of their control. That is the first step to working through the aftermath of the incident.