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Impulsive and episodic disorders of aggressive behaviour following traumatic brain injury

Wood, Rodger Ll and Thomas, Rhys Huw 2013. Impulsive and episodic disorders of aggressive behaviour following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury 27 (3) , pp. 253-261. 10.3109/02699052.2012.743181

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Background: Aggressive behaviour is a frequent legacy of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and a major obstacle to psychosocial recovery. Aggression can take many forms and there is currently no uniform method of assessment that distinguishes aggressive sub-types in a way that can assist decisions for treatment. Review: This paper attempts to provide a framework that will help distinguish two primary sub-types of aggression following TBI, impulsive and episodic aggression, based on their most prominent clinical characteristics. It is hoped that, by providing a description of the phenomenology associated with each form of aggression, together with an explanation of the probable neuropathology underpinning each sub-type, the clinical classification of these two forms of aggression will improve, leading to a commensurate improvement in the choice of treatment interventions, resulting in better psychosocial outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traumatic brain injury, aggression, episodic dyscontrol, impulsive behaviour
Publisher: International Brain Injury Association
ISSN: 0269-9052
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:58

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