Can Traumatic Injuries Cause Bipolar Disorder?

Can Traumatic Injuries Cause Bipolar Disorder?

Dr. Carrie Bearden, Ph.D. answers a mother’s question about her son’s traumatic brain injury:

“Q: Can bipolar disorder be brought on as a result of a traumatic injury? My son had a bicycle accident approximately six years ago, and ever since that time he has been prone to having violent outbursts and goes from extreme highs to extreme lows.”

A: While bipolar disorder as a result of head injury is rare, there are several case reports of this in the literature. More commonly, a head injury may result in non-specific personality change, increased irritability, concentration problems or other difficulties, depending on the areas of the brain that are injured…”

You can read the rest of Dr. Bearden’s response here