Yes, you can have depression and suicidal thoughts because of concusstion/mTBI(mild traumatic brain injury).
My depression is due to the reason I cannot go out and do things as I used to do because of headaches, dizziness, fatigue and lost my smell and taste because of the head injury, has non-stop tinnitus etc., I struggle with suicidal thoughts too and I tried anit-depressants but made things worse since my underlying cause was not resolved.
But yours may be a different reason since you already had those thoughts and concussion aggravated it. But you can get help. The best person who can help you is Neuro-Psychologist. They do know a lot about head injury and certainly know how to treat some one suffering with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Neurologists may not be that helpful for your condition.
I personally talked to few people with concussion/TBI and they all went through depression, suicidal thoughts and at some point got out of it.
Ok thanks. I go back to my dr on Thursday and I will be possibly seeing a neuropsychiatrist soon maybe that's why she's sending me. I didn't connect the two. I am scared of being admitted to the psych ward or facility I have kept most of all of this very quiet in my life so as not to have too many people find out!
I see a neuropsychologist through work for the injury but I have not shared the suicidal thoughts or cutting with her at all! However she recently discovered how much medication I am on and was questioning things a lot!
Thanks for your help I hope there is a way out for us both!
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Delayed symptoms of concussion include depression, irritability, sleep disturbances, seizures, loss of smell etc. A doctor generally looks for focal neurological or generalized neurological symptoms that would show there is a pressure on brain somewhere. In absence of these symptoms and based on the history a diagnosis of concussion is given. Suicidal thoughts can also be due to damage to the frontal lobe. This can also cause mood swings. Hence please get this assessed by a neurologist. A MRI of the brain should be done. Take care!