You expect a brain tumor to cause neurological symptoms such as headaches, seizures, sensory changes, and cognitive problems. But most people are unprepared for their brain tumor to cause psychiatric (neurobehavioral) symptoms.
While any type of brain tumor can lead to neurobehavioral symptoms including personality changes, the changes tend to be more dramatic in people with glioblastoma. That’s because glioblastoma is an aggressive tumor, so personality changes occur at a faster pace.
As a specialist in the treatment of glioblastoma, Richard B. Kim, MD, understands the path of the disease and the changes faced by patients, their families, and their caregivers. Whether you face personality challenges before, during, or after your treatment, he offers exceptional support and helps you find the best psychiatric treatment available.
Brain tumors can cause a wide range of mental health challenges. Patients may experience:
These psychological challenges arise for several reasons. It's natural to feel anxious and depressed after learning you have a life-threatening brain tumor. Additionally, going through treatment adds another level of psychological stress that magnifies or causes an emotional response.
Brain tumors also uniquely influence your mental health because they directly affect the neurons and brain chemicals that regulate your emotions and behavior.
As a result, people with glioblastoma often develop changes that affect the very core of their being: their personality. Personality changes in turn impact their quality of life.
Your personality reflects the way you feel, think, and act. As glioblastoma affects your brain, you may notice changes in one or all aspects of your personality.
These changes are often as difficult and frightening as the shock of learning you have glioblastoma. Additionally, dealing with neurobehavioral changes magnifies the physical challenges of managing a brain tumor.
The personality changes often encountered by people with glioblastoma include:
Even a small change in your personality can significantly impact many aspects of your life. These changes often cause a rift in your relationships or affect your ability to hold down a job. In the worst case, they can ruin your finances or lead to dangerous behaviors that threaten the safety of you and your loved ones.
Don’t ever hesitate to talk with us as soon as you recognize any neurobehavioral symptoms, whether you feel depressed or have personality changes. Then we can work together to find treatment and support for your cognitive and behavioral challenges.
If you have questions about the mental health problems associated with glioblastoma or any other type of brain tumor, call Richard B. Kim, MD, or book an appointment online today.