Head injury survivors are not warned about common and potentially very serious after effects which can occur at any time after injury even many years later
If you are depressed or impotent it could be because you suffered more than you realised from a head injury.
In August 2008 our son committed suicide at the age of 31.
We discovered after his death that his depression was likely to have been an effect of a head injury he had when he was seven. Recent research shows that many people who have had a head injury have hormone deficiencies afterwards, caused by damage to the pituitary gland. We discovered that our son suffered not just depression but also impotence, both of which can be caused by hormone deficiencies.
Not enough GPs and hospital doctors are aware of this complication, even though around a quarter of moderate to severe head injuries lead to it. Patients are not given hormone check-ups after their injury. They are not even warned of the risk in their letter of discharge. The national guideline on head injury published by NICE does not mention it either.*
If you have had a head injury and you are troubled by any of the symptoms listed here Symptoms please go and see your GP and ask him or her to refer you to an endocrinologist.
If you have had any personal experience of this condition we would love to hear your story. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org We would be particularly pleased to hear from you if this website has helped you to get diagnosed.
*Please go to the Ombudsman Complaint page to see a full account of our correspondence with NICE on this topic. Ombudsman complaint