Brain Injuries Increase The Likelihood Of Depression In Children


According to the AAP, Dr. Matthew C. Wylie’s latest study is “the largest [study] to look at an association between brain injury and depression in children and adolescents.” The study, entitled “Depression In Children Diagnosed With Brain Injury Or Concussion,” found that 15 percent of children with brain injuries were also diagnosed with depression. Furthermore, children with brain injuries were twice as likely to develop depression later on in life.

Impacts to the head can severely damage the neural regions necessary for emotional regulation and reasoning. Furthermore, adolescence is an emotionally unstable time to begin with and children with brain injuries may find themselves less neurologically equipped to deal with it.

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