Untreated mental health issues can complicate and prolong concussion recovery and lead to prolonged outcomes.
When a person is anxious they tend to overthink and focus on the worst case scenario which stops them from doing their normal activities.
A helpful question for clinicians to ask may be: How has your behavior changed as a result of the concussion?
The answer to that question will give you an idea of the level of anxiety that the patient is experiencing. A significant change in behavior is oftentimes based on anxiety and can be problematic in terms of symptoms. One of the most beneficial things you can help your patients with is resuming their normal activities in a methodological, gradual way.
OTHER FLASH BRIEFINGS YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL: