WHAT IS TBI? Below is an abbreviated version of Traumatic Brain Injury.
If the head is hit or violently shaken (such as from a blast or explosion), a “concussion” or “closed head injury” can result. A concussion in and of itself is seldom life threatening, so doctors often use the term “mild” when the person is only dazed or confused or loses consciousness for a short time.
However, concussion can result in serious symptoms. People who survive multiple concussions may have more serious problems. People who have had a concussion may say that they are “fine” although their behavior or personality has changed. If you notice such changes in a family member or friend, suggest they seek medical care. Keep in mind that these are common experiences, but may occur more frequently with TBI. If in doubt, ask your doctor.
- Difficulty organizing daily tasks.
- Blurred vision or eyes tire easily.
- Headaches or ringing in the ears.
- Feeling sad, anxious or listless.
- Easily irritated or angered.
- Feeling tired all the time.
- Feeling light-headed or dizzy.
- Trouble with memory, attention or concentration.
- More sensitive to sounds, lights or distractions.
- Impaired decision making or problem solving.
- Difficulty inhibiting behavior – impulsive.
- Slowed thinking, moving speaking or reading.
- Easily confused, feeling easily overwhelmed.
- Change in sexual interest or behavior.
Some symptoms may be present immediately; others may appear much later. People experience brain injuries differently. Speed of recovery varies. Most people with mild injuries recover fully, but it can take time. In general, recovery is slower in older persons. People with a previous brain injury may find that it takes longer to recover from their current injury. Some symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. Talk to your health care provider about any troubling symptoms or problems.
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