New research suggests that up to three-quarters of UK military veterans who seek help for long-term mental distress have experienced repeated mild TBI. This figure is far higher than previous UK estimates but is very similar to that reported in US combat veterans. In the new study, veterans who fell into this category showed a greater level of general disability than 90 percent of the general international population.
One of the most common symptoms of mild TBI is dizziness and imbalance. The results of the study, which assessed 162 military veterans, show for the first time that dizziness may be one cause of the long-term depression, anxiety, headache and forgetfulness that can accompany repeated mild TBI. Results suggest that if doctors assess and treat the dizziness then other hard-to-treat psychological symptoms may also start to recover.