How to Identify Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The human brain is an immensely complex and powerful organ, and yet it is remarkably delicate. The brain can even suffer serious consequences from seemingly mild impacts. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), both mild and severe, can lead to catastrophic consequences, including lifelong health impacts or mental deficits.
All this means it’s critically important to get rapid medical attention for anyone who has or may have suffered one of these injuries, no matter how seemingly large or small. How do you know that someone has sustained a brain injury? Below are some typical signs that someone is suffering from TBI symptoms.
Someone who has suffered from a brain injury will experience mental changes, whether they recognize them or not. The first and most obvious mental sign of a TBI is impacted memory, particularly short-term. Those who suffer a blow to the head may not remember what they were doing before the accident, or much of anything for a while afterward. However, symptoms can go further than that—someone who is confused, has trouble concentrating, or is having trouble processing their words all could have sustained a TBI.
Other cognitive or mental symptoms of a TBI may include:
- Mood swings
- Changes in personality
- Agitation, combativeness, or other unusual or aggressive behavior
- Slurred speech
Your eyes may be what allows you to see, but your brain is what processes what you’re seeing and interprets it, allowing you to function. Therefore, it’s not abnormal for a TBI to have a substantial impact on your vision. Those who suffer a TBI may suffer from a partial or even total loss of vision temporarily, and when it does return it may be blurry. Over time, other symptoms may start to appear, such as nystagmus (involuntary eye movements) and bad depth perception.
Your brain controls every function of your body, including the ones you don’t often think about. Those who have suffered a TBI will often have a reduced capacity to handle certain tasks, though they may not be immediately apparent. Sleeplessness and a loss of stamina are two common symptoms, along with appetite changes, many of which often accompany emotional changes like aggression, irritability, and depression. However, those who suffer a serious TBI can also lose control over things like their bowels and bladder, or even their ability to regulate their own body temperature.
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