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High rates of depression following brain injury

Shane Diel is still recovering from a severe head injury he suffered in a car crash three years ago.

“I’m sore, I’m tired a lot, probably more depressed than I was, but that’s all getting better though,” he said.

His depression is not uncommon.

“Fifty-three percent of the individuals we studied had at least one depressive episode during the year following traumatic brain injury,” said Dr. Charles Bombardier of the University of Washington.

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