The Prevalence Of Depression Following A Traumatic Brain Injury

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The prevalence of depression following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the psychosocial risk factors associated with this diagnosis will be explored. A total of 100 Australian adults between the age of 20-50 (N=60 TBI and N=40 non-TBI) will participate in clinical interviews and complete rating scales to assess depression and psychosocial risk factors. It is predicted that individuals who have sustained a TBI will report higher clinically significant rates of depression than those who have no incurred a TBI. Additionally, it is predicted that perceived stress, pain reported and poor psychosocial functioning will be antecedent psychosocial risk factors for developing depression after a sustained TBI. Implications of the results for TBI and depression risk factors for future research will be discussed. As such, it is important for clinicians to use best practice guidelines for the treatment of major depression in the absence of TBI.
The Prevalence of Depression & Psychosocial Risk Factors in Adults Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Several studies have established the prevalence of depressive disorders in individuals following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) (Babin, 2003; Bay et al., 2002; Jorge, 2015; Osborn, Mathias & Fairweather-Schmidt, 2014; Pagulayan et al., 2008 & Rapoport, 2012). According to Kolb and Whishaw (2015) and Jorge (2015), TBIs occur most commonly in children and the elderly as they involve a rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head caused commonly…

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