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Depression, other psychiatric illnesses common following traumatic brain injury

s supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

In a related study in this issue of The Archives of General Psychiatry, Jesse R. Fann, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Washington, Seattle and colleagues investigated the risk of psychiatric illness after TBI among patients in an adult health maintenance organization (HMO).

The researchers studied 939 HMO members diagnosed with TBI in 1993, compared with controls in the same HMO without TBI. They found that the prevalence of any psychiatric illness in the first year after TBI was 49 percent following moderate to severe TBI, and 34 percent following mild TBI, and 18 percent in the control group.

"Both moderate to severe and mild TBI are associated with an increased risk of subsequent psychiatric illness," writes Dr. Fann. "Whereas moderate to severe TBI is associated with a higher initial risk, mild TBI may be associated with persistent psychiatric illness."


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