Traumatic Brain Injury and Co-Occurring Disorders

TBI may often present challenges that overlap with existing behavioral health, substance use/abuse, post-traumatic stress, and other issues.  These co-occurring conditions can complicate TBI diagnosis, treatment, and access to services.  Behavior problems rank among the most difficult and can interfere with relationships, the ability to work, community reintegration, and recovery. Substance use can occur prior to or after TBI happens and can slow recovery. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur hand in hand with TBI after a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster and is one of the most prevalent issues facing returning troops.