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Antidepressant might help those with serious injury to brain

Traumatic brain injury may lead to depressive symptoms in patients in New Mexico. However, researchers recently determined that an antidepressant called sertraline might help to prevent these symptoms in those who have suffered serious injury to the brain. This was discovered through a college of medicine study conducted in another state.

In the recent research study, more than 90 patients who had suffered severe, mild or moderate brain injury were evaluated. They were between the ages of 18 and 85. Researchers learned that not only could sertraline prevent depressive symptoms when compared to the placebo used but also it was well tolerated. Any adverse effects noticed in the treatment groups happened to be mild.

Traumatic brain injury's incidence is on the rise, and it is now considered a chief cause of disability and death. Those who suffer brain injury and become depressed experience a huge decline in life satisfaction. It is for this reason that researchers have been striving to prevent depressive symptoms so as to maintain brain injury victims' function and health.

Serious injury to the brain can happen as a result of a vehicle accident or even a fall at a business with dangerous property conditions, for example. If the injury takes place due to someone else's negligence in New Mexico, the reportedly at-fault individual may be named in a personal injury claim filed by the injured party. Competent proof of negligence is needed to establish liability in a manner that pleases the civil court hearing the case. Only then will claims for damages be adjudicated.

Source: brainblogger.com, "Antidepressant May Benefit Traumatic Brain Injury", Jennifer Gibson, Nov. 9, 2016

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