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One-Third of TBI Patients Have Depression

At any given time some 6-7% of all Americans suffer from depression. What is the incidence of depression in people who suffer a TBI? Researchers at the University of Iowa led by Dr. Ricardo E. Jorge compared 91 patients with TBI with 27 patients who suffered multiple trauma, but without any nervous system involvement. They found that a third of the TBI patients had clinical depression during the year after their injury. This was far more frequent than in the control group. Of the patients with TBI and depression, 77 per cent also reported anxiety and 57 per cent exhibited aggressive behavior. Major depression was also linked to poorer social functioning six and twelve months after the injury