My 19 year old son sustained a nasty head injury a couple of years ago. He was basically attacked with a baseball bat and hit on the back of the head. He was knocked out for several minutes, taken to hosptial, had his head stitched up and then discharged himself. Typical of a 19 year old male. Three years on he now has an alcohol and drug problem, so hard to tell if the blow to the head has caused the damage or the damage is a result of his addictions problems or both.
He has severe anger management problems, real short term memory problems, and is very much a jekyl and hide now.
He recently lost the plot and smashed up ,my home, wrote off his car, smashed up his younger brother and can remember various bits of this traumatic event. When he recalls this time he says it felt like he was up above himself looking down on what was happening. He obviously no longer lives at home with me and we have struggled to get a physciatrict evaluation done but he is seriously worried that he has a mental health problem. Maybe he does but I think that he must have sustained some level of brain damage as a result of the blow to his head. His younger brother sustained several smashed bones in his forearm during the same attack so there must have been similar damage done to my son's brain surely.
The problem I now have is that health professionals won't look beyond the addicition issues so it is making it even harder to get a diagnosis on whether or not there is any brain damage.
Any suggestions please:(