Considering the role of emotions in persistent post-concussive symptoms
After a concussion, a significant number of patients develop persistent symptoms that last for months to years after their injury, reducing functioning and quality of life. Evidence suggests that emotional distress may play a role in the persistence and severity of these symptoms through a process known as somatization. Identifying and treating emotional concerns may help reduce the suffering and disability associated with persistent post-concussive symptoms. In order to do this, clinicians must be aware of the effect of emotions on physical symptoms, and consider the role this may be playing in a patient’s recovery.