About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
When a loved one or friend suffers a traumatic brain injury, the changes that result are often devastating. With these changes come the need for understanding, acceptance, compassion and a clear plan for recovery. Brain injury can affect a person cognitively, physically, and emotionally.
Cognitive consequences can include short-term or long-term memory loss, slowed ability to process information, trouble concentrating or paying attention, difficulty keeping up with a conversation, communication difficulties such as finding the right word to use, spatial disorientation, organizational problems, impaired judgment, and the inability to do more than one thing at a time.
Physical consequences can include seizures of all types, muscle spasms, double vision, low vision levels, blindness, loss of smell or taste, speech impairments such as slow or slurred speech, headaches or migraines, fatigue or increased need for sleep, balance problems, and chronic pain.
Emotional consequences can include an inability to initiate activities, difficulty completing tasks already begun without reminders, increased anxiety, depression and mood swings, denial of deficits, impulsive behavior, becoming easily agitated, egocentric behaviors, and difficulty seeing how one’s own behaviors affect others.
Source: Brain Injury Association of America website
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