If you sustain a brain injury, quite often, personality changes may arise. Usually, it is your family members who may note these changes. In some cases, it is other healthcare professionals who may make the observation. There are three ways to think about how you define personality.

The first is looking at what you may call cognitive measures. These are things like attention, memory, decision making, problem-solving and the ability to manage impulse control. The cognitive piece helps you to adapt to an ever-changing environment.

The second component is the emotional component. According to Caregiver, these are things such as anxiety, depression and behavior control. Your doctor may have to look at how those changes have occurred since the injury. One of the things your family may report is that you are different than what you were like before the injury. Although that is likely true, your doctor will make sure that he or she is not making too much in the way of comparisons from the person you were before the injury to where you are today. Instead, the doctor should look at how you are functioning and then see if they can optimize that level of functioning.

The third component is looking at the social aspects. It is how you adapt to being in an environment that is ever-changing. That could include being around other people. It can also include doing things such as going for coffee at a coffee shop or going to a wedding. What families often report is that the changes in personality prevent injury victims from being able to be in these more complex conditions.