In handling catastrophic accident cases, our Atlanta brain injury attorneys have seen the devastating effect a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have on a victim and their loved ones. While little can be done to reverse initial brain damage, treatment options are available to those suffering from brain injuries in Atlanta. Surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy are often recommended to traumatic brain injury patients, and according to a new study, antidepressants may soon be added to the list of potential TBI treatments.
According to MSNBC, a new study found that antidepressants can help brain cells grow and survive after brain trauma and may improve memory and brain function. According to the study, injured mice being treated with the antidepressant Tofranil (imipramine) had 70% more brain cells after four weeks than mice not receiving antidepressants. The mice treated with antidepressants also demonstrated improved memory skills.
According to the article, this brain injury study is particularly important, because many brain injury victims in Atlanta and across the country also suffer from depression and, therefore, take antidepressant drugs. Now, the study reveals that these medications may provide an additional benefit in that they can also help the brain heal.
Our Atlanta brain injury lawyers understand the significance in this study, as they have seen many brain injury patients struggle with rehabilitation and functioning following their accident. Continuing scientific advances, such as those made by this study, can help more people survive severe injuries to the brain and help restore a normal life for those suffering a traumatic brain injury in Atlanta.