New Study Suggests Traumatic Injuries Are Linked to Mental Health Issues
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Why might major injuries lead to mental health problems?
A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) suggest an alarming and perhaps underexplored link between major traumatic injuries, like car crashes and falls, and mental health diagnoses. With over three million people injured in car accidents annually and millions of others harmed in falls and other accidents, research into the
Trauma Increases Hospital Admissions for Mental Health
Researchers examined the accident and mental health history of 19,000 patients in Ontario. The majority of those patients who had suffered major trauma were men who lived in urban areas and suffered an accidental injury. Researchers found that major trauma was linked to a 40 percent increase in the rate of hospital admissions for one or more mental health diagnoses.
Children and teens had the largest increase in mental health hospitalizations after suffering trauma. Suicide was also found in increased rates among those who experienced a major physical injury, raising from 11.5 suicides per 100,000 in the general population to an astonishing 70 suicides per 100,000 among injured patients.
Reasons for the suspected rise in mental health issues and suicides after major trauma are likely complex and not yet fully understood. Major injuries can have an impact on a patient both physically and mentally. Patients may experience depression as a result of losing mobility or being forced to take time off of work and other activities. Anxiety could stem from the trauma of the incident, with many car accident victims experiencing ongoing stress when traveling or engaging in other triggering activities.
In addition to the emotional consequences stemming from the accident, major trauma often involves head injuries. Brain injuries are linked to mental health issues, likely as a result of