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Prevalence and Associations Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health Difficulties Within UK Veterans Accessing Support for Mental Health Difficulties

November, 2015
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This article examines the rates of brain injury and symptoms of post concussion syndrome (PCS) within a sample of UK veterans who were seeking support from Combat Stress for mental health difficulties.

Abstract

Little is known about the rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) within UK veterans who are experiencing mental health difficulties. We explored rates of brain injury and symptoms of post concussion syndrome (PCS) within a sample of UK veterans who were seeking support from Combat Stress for mental health difficulties. Combat Stress is a national mental health charity that provides clinical services to veterans in the UK. 123 participants were recruited from referrals to Combat Stress over a six month period. At initial assessment participants completed a range of mental health measures. Participants were contacted again and data collected to explore the prevalence rate of brain injury and symptoms of post concussion syndrome. 63% of the sample reported a TBI. No relationship was observed between TBI and PCS. Significant associations were observed between reporting a TBI and suffering from depression and problems with anger. This study reported the high burden of mental health needs and high prevalence rates of reporting TBI within help-seeking veterans. We observed that participants who reported a TBI also reported an increased risk of experiencing mental health difficulties.

Full Reference

Murphy.D, Palmer. E, Wessely. S, Oddy. MJ, da Silva Ramos. S, Fortescue. D, Busuttil. W. (2015). Prevalence and Associations Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health Difficulties Within UK Veterans Accessing Support for Mental Health Difficulties. doi:10.172652159-55422015.11.001

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