People who suffer a traumatic brain injury often experience many problems as a result including double vision, job limitations, and reduction in motor skills. In the January issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, a study by Dr. Tracey Holsinger, from the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center, and colleagues showed that people with a history of head injury have an increased risk of depression for decades after the injury is incurred, and those with more severe head injuries appear to be at highest risk. This study seems to mirror some of the same results of Harvey S. Levin, Ph.D. and colleagues’ study (also published in the Archives of General Psychiatry) regarding the ability to predict depression after a brain injury. You can read my post on Dr. Levin’s research here. Rehabilitation is a necessary component of any TBI recovery program. It may be helpful to take a look at Dr. James A. Blackman’s article which describes what to expect after a severe brain injury occurs and how to help families deal with the demands of rehabilitation.