NEW YORK – Boredom can be a lonely state of mind and when you’re bored, you may think of it as a solvable problem but some researchers believe it’s a symptom of something much more severe.
According to Nature, an international weekly science journal, a Canadian researcher discovered that young men who suffered a traumatic brain injury get bored easier than they did before their head trauma. The findings have launched new cognitive research and doctors are now looking deeper into the state of boredom.
A Long Island personal injury attorney at Cellino & Barnes says in any type of accident, traumatic brain injuries are extremely common and thousands of Americans may have suffered a head injury without ever noticing.
“Many times, a person walks away from a car accident and doesn’t notice anything wrong with their behaviors,” Long Island personal injury attorney Ross Cellino said. “But over the next year or two, their attitudes may change, their personality can change and it can be devastating to their family.”
Brain injuries do not heal like other injuries and symptoms could appear at any time after the injury occurs – even weeks later.
The changes are rarely sudden. Instead, they occur slowly over time and it can make diagnosing a brain injury difficult for doctors.
However, if research determines boredom is a consistent symptom of a brain injury, doctors may be able to diagnose the patient sooner.
“Although traumatic brain injuries are extremely complex and radically different than most other types of injuries, it’s important to get treated quickly,” Cellino said. “As with any injury, a complete recovery starts with seeing a doctor.”
Some physicians believe that boredom can lead to other serious and unhealthy complications.
Binge-eating, for example, is often triggered by boredom, according to a study of eating disorders.
Other studies took boredom to the road and found that bored drivers often drive at higher speeds and don’t react as quickly as other drivers – and they frequently drifted into oncoming lanes. And a survey found that teens were more likely to pick up smoking, drinking, or drugs if they said they were bored.
However, research is only beginning to understand the link between boredom and traumatic brain injuries, if there is a link.
Currently, research on boredom and traumatic brain injuries are sparse but many medical experts are fascinated by the discussion and are planning to investigate boredom on more than just college students – that suggests new studies on boredom in teens, the elderly, and people with various ethnic backgrounds.