The brain's limbic system and frontal lobe produce emotional response and personality in people.
Damage to either of these lobes can permanently change the emotions and moods resulting from
a traumatic brain injury.
The Cerebrum Is Source of the Lobes Controlling Emotion
The brain can be divided into three main structures:
- Cerebellum (which sits on top of the brain stem)
The cerebrum is the most recently evolved most elaborate and largest brain structure. (The words cerebrum - the newer part - and cerebellum - the older part - look and sound very similar. Think cerebrum = drum because it is larger, and cerebellum = bell because it is smaller.)
The cerebrum is divided into 5 lobes that are responsible for different functions. The five lobes are the
- frontal lobe
- occipital lobe
- temporal lobe
- parietal lobe
- limbic lobe
Damage to the Limbic System and Frontal Lobe Dramatically Alters Emotions
The limbic system and frontal lobe create our emotional life. The limbic lobe contains a complex set of structures called the limbic system. The limbic system includes the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and the amygdala.
The limbic system is the emotional core of the brain. It is primarily responsible for human emotions because it is where senses and awareness are first processed in the brain. But emotions are complex and several areas of the brain contribute to the full range of emotional responses and behavior.
Although the limbic system is likely the origin of senses and awareness, the frontal lobe also has an essential role. Higher cognitive and emotional functions originate in the prefrontal cortex, including mood and personality.
Damage to the structures of the limbic system or frontal lobe can dramatically change emotions. In a person suffering from a traumatic brain injury, emotions can be intensified or exaggerated from what they were before. The emotions in a traumatic brain injury patient also can be flattened or deadened.
Did Your Family Member Suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Sometimes your family member can recover over with time with sufficient medical care and therapy. Other times, traumatic brain injury damage may be too extensive and it becomes more than you can handle on your own.
Contact the experts at DRZ Law today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation. Our attorneys specialize in this particular area of law, and represent clients in Missouri, Kansas, and throughout the U.S. We can help your family get the justice and compensation you deserve.