Brain injury is a known risk factor for developing a mental illness, while some people with brain injury will have a pre-existing mental illness. Either way, dealing with both can cause additional
stress for the person and their family after a brain injury. Common forms of mental illness include depression, anxiety, and obsessive or compulsive behaviour.
Australian statistics show that around 42 per cent of people with brain injury will experience a mental illness.
Experiencing feelings of grief and loss are normal, and there might be sadness around the loss of pre-injury personality traits and strengths, or the levels of social support received after injury. However, ongoing and lasting despair and lack of motivation might be indicative of disorders such as depression. It is best to seek professional assessment by a doctor.