Understanding A Mood/Anxiety Concussion

Understanding A Mood/Anxiety Concussion

If you suffer a mood/anxiety concussion, excessive worrying may seem to take over your life, among other symptoms. To understand this disorienting type of concussion, and to learn treatment options, check out the infographic below.

You may be experiencing a mood and anxiety concussion if you are:

  • Having a hard time turning off your thoughts
  • Ruminating excessively
  • Suffering from extreme worry or concern and this is interfering with your life
  • Experiencing unusual sleep patterns due to the above issues delaying your ability to fall asleep

Family tree

If you have primary anxiety symptoms, your family history and your personal medical history should be considered. There may be an underlying issue that can increase anxiety after a concussion.
Highly functional individuals suffer the most.

Though not an absolute, the more highly functional an individual typically is, the more likely they are to be the most anxious. They’re used to performing at a high level, so the symptoms caused by having a concussion affect them more.

Severe anxiety can lead to panic attacks. But why?

When you suffer a concussion, you just don’t feel like yourself. Some patients worry that this is their “new normal” and they’ll never feel better again. This makes them anxious and can cause panic attacks.

How is this type of concussion treated?

Exertion therapy may be useful. Following a prescribed exercise plan on a daily basis may help to stabilize mood, improve quality of sleep, and decrease overall anxious thoughts.

A behavioral health therapist may also help if you are struggling with family, school, or work duties.

Good news

Your symptoms will decrease due to concussion treatment, so in turn, you’ll feel less anxiety!

To read more about how an anxiety concussion can affect a person, read Daniel’s patient story.