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Brain Damage & Head Traumas
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries can have long-term implications for brain health and cognitive and sensory function.
with a moderate-to-severe brain injury most typically experience problems in
basic cognitive skills: sustaining attention, concentrating on tasks at hand,
and remembering newly learned material.
- With TBI, the systems in the brain that control our social-emotional lives often are damaged. The consequences for the individual and for his or her significant
- Any of the ways we have of sensing/perceiving may be affected by TBI. Vision may be affected in many ways: loss of vision, blurred visual images, inability to track visual material, loss of parts of the field of vision, reduced depth perception, and sometimes disconnection between visual perception and
- A relatively small percent of individuals with TBI experience seizures. For most of these, the initial onset of seizures occurs soon after injury. For others, the onset may take place up to several years post-injury.
- If motor areas of the brain are damaged, the person with TBI may experience varying degrees of physical paralysis or spasticity, affecting a wide variety of behavior from speech production to walking. Damage to brain tissue can also evidence itself in chronic pain, including headaches. Also, evidence is growing that hormonal, endocrine, and other body systems are affected by the brain injury.
- A person may experience difficulties with communication and/or speech processing over the long-term. They may have difficulty talking as well as making sense of what they’re told.
- As a result of concussions, many people experience frequent mood swings, anxiety, and become depressed. This may be in part due to the fact that damage was incurred on the prefrontal region of the brain, an area that helps us control emotional responses and generate a positive outlook.
- There is some evidence suggesting that concussions may be associated with development of neurodegenerative disorders like dementia. Although it cannot be stated for a fact that a concussion specifically causes dementia to develop, many scientists have a hunch that it does. Those that endure any form of a traumatic brain injury are at a 26% greater risk for development of dementia than those who don’t.