Scientists have known for years the damage that can be done by head trauma. Physical and mental problems can plague people for years after a bump to the head. Though this has been widely accepted by the medical community, scientists are only just now beginning to understand the reasons why concussions have such long-term effects on the body.

MedicalDaily.com reports that a new study published in the Radiological Society of North America offers insight into the mystery. The scientists compared the brains of those who suffered depression and anxiety as the result of a concussion with the brains of people who also had concussions, but no depressive symptoms. The results were clear: the depressed patients had brains similar to people whose mental illness was not caused by brain injuries.

This is likely, the research says, due to decreased functionality of white matter in the brain. It’s the portion of the brain linked to the reward centers, as well as the vermis, which helps regulate our fears.

The good news is that people suffering depressive symptoms following a brain injury can use techniques used by non-trauma patients, like therapy and medication, to help ease the pain of depression and anxiety.

As common as brain injuries are, scientists are truly only just now beginning to understand their effects on the body. As more research is done, we can expect better treatment options and a greater understanding of how to prevent such injuries. This study certainly has long reaching ramifications for doctors and patients alike.

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Richard Serpe has helped victims of personal injuries and families affected by a wrongful death for over 29 years. If you suffered a brain injury due do to someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights. You can be sure that your case will be handled with the respect, dedication, and urgency that it deserves.