Neurorehabilitation at Psicon (NAP)

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Personality Change After Traumatic Brain Injury

People are very aware of the destructive consequences of traumatic brain injury and how it can affect individuals lives. Traumatic brain injury can cause changes in cognition, behaviour, emotion as well as personality characteristics. Brain injuries usually cause a deterioration of aspects of neurocognitive functions, can negatively impact on mood functions, and affect the behaviour in negative ways. Personality (especially with injuries to frontal lobes leaving patients with dysexecutive difficulties) can cause change in personality functioning.


In a recent article in the Guardian (Kale, 2018) two patients discuss their changes (including positive changes) in their functioning after brain injury.


Sonet Strijdom, the senior clinical psychologist at Psicon, said: ‘patients and their families can report positive changes in personality characteristics after traumatic brain injury. People that have been driven, working very hard, and been perfectionistic can change to become more laid back as a result of brain injury’.


The clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist at Psicon can give neurorehabilitation support to those with traumatic brain injury, patients and their family to deal with personality changes after brain injury.


Kale, S. (2018, December 9). ‘Before, I was quite a shy person’: Life after brain damage. The Guardian. Retrieved from