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  • American Association for Justice
    As members of the AAJ, we are committed to promoting a fair, effective justice system that allows for victims of misconduct or negligence to obtain the justice they deserve.
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
    Members of the Rhode Island Association for Justice follow the organization’s mission: Working together to ensure equality.
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    The Rhode Island Bar Association has been working to uphold and protect federal and state laws since 1898, with an emphasis on maintaining a democratic government and honoring the justice system.
  • DC Bar
    Membership with the DC Bar provides us with access to legal research materials, professional service providers, and more that can be used for the benefit of our clients.
  • Super Lawyers
    Only 2.5% of attorneys in a given state are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars® list. Members must be aged 40 or younger, or be in practice for 10 years or less.
  • Distinguished Martindale Hubbell
    Distinguished® attorneys are peer-review rated and selected based on their honorable professional achievements.
  • Brain Injury Association
    Our work with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is designed to provide information and services to survivors.
  • Brain Association of America
    As members of the Brain Injury Association of America, we are the voice of awareness, and we are here to help survivors.
  • Expertise Best Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    This is a society of multidisciplinary brain injury professionals who come together to discuss issues concerning brain injury and bring the science behind brain injuries into practice.
  • Melvin M Belli
    Lawyers are initiated into the Melvin M. Belli society by invitation-only and are considered to be distinguished trial lawyers.

Mood Disorders

Traumatic brain injury resulting in persistent post-concussive symptoms can lead to significant mood disorders in victims with this injury. These persistent symptoms include continuing cognitive, concentration, and memory problems difficulty completing tasks or multitasking, difficulty getting along with others, and physical pain including headaches and muscle pain.

These persistent post-concussion symptoms can result in the following mood disorders:


A traumatic brain injury is a life-altering injury that can cause anxiety and stress. Symptoms of anxiety can be fear and worry and can cause difficulty sleeping, and lead to the aggravation of existing problems such as difficulty concentrating, memory problems, difficulty completing tasks, and difficulty multitasking. Anxiety can lead to panic attacks and confusion. The anxiety can cause fear including worrying about the future, economic worries, or an inability to interact with people or go out socially.


The continuing symptoms can cause depression characterized by feelings of sadness, despair, and discouragement. Sadness lasting a long time can cause a loss of enjoyment in all activities leading to major depression. Other symptoms in addition to sadness can include feelings of worthlessness or guilt, loss of concentration, decreased energy, low thinking, appetite loss, and sleep problems.


Irritability and anger are common following a traumatic brain injury. Oftentimes family members and loved ones of the person with a traumatic brain injury will state "he blows up at the slightest thing" or "she has zero frustration tolerance". Irritability and anger result as it is more difficult for the person suffering from a traumatic brain injury to slow or stop emotional responses to things. As a result of not being able to curtail the emotional responses to problems, severe irritability can occur. In addition, irritability and anger can arise from the frustrations of not being able to multitask, concentrate or do things that the injured person could do prior to the brain injury.

Treating a Mood Disorder is Essential

Mood disorders can severely impact the life of a TBI victim, therefore it is important for the person suffering from a traumatic brain injury to consult a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist to receive that proper treatment and medication can be prescribed to help with the improvement of the quality of life.

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