Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychiatric Co-Morbidity in the United States

Michael G. Vaughn, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, Rachel John, Katherine J. Holzer, Zhengmin Qian, Christopher Veeh

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The objective of the present study was to provide a nationally representative psychiatric epidemiologic investigation of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its co-morbid conditions. Data from the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC-III) collected between 2012 and 2013 was used. Results indicated that TBI was significantly associated with any lifetime mental health (AOR = 2.32, 95% CI = 1.65–3.70), substance use disorder (AOR = 1.57–1.01-2.42), and violent (AOR = 1.65, 95% CI = 1.03–2.65) and nonviolent (AOR = 1.84, 95% CI = 1.25–2.70) criminal behaviors. In our study, TBI was highly comorbid with psychiatric disorders and especially antisocial behaviors, both violent and non-violent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatric Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding This research was supported in part by grant number R25 DA030310 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health and by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through BU-CTSI Grant Number 1KL2TR001411. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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