National Drug Strategy
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Comorbidity of mental disorders and substance use: a brief guide for the primary care clinician

12.2 Do mental disorders predispose individuals to brain injury?

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Mental disorders have been associated with an increased risk of brain injury(500).

Certain personality traits or disorders can result in a higher risk of brain injury. For example(501):

Brain injury may occur as a result of attempted suicide(502) related to psychosis or depression. Such suicide attempts may result in both head trauma from jumping from heights or intentional road crashes, through to drug overdose or poisoning-related direct toxicity(351, 354).

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