March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is making a concentrated push this month to inform the public of the devastating costs of traumatic brain injuries. According to the BIAA, about 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
If you have never had a concussion or MTBI, you probably know someone who has. The majority of victims recover quickly and fully, but for some people, symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer. These injuries exhibit symptoms in four categories:
- Thought/Memory – Victims may feel slowed down, have trouble thinking clearly and have a hard time concentrating; they may struggle to remember new information.
- Physical – Victims can experience headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, sensitivity to light and/or noise, problems with balance and lethargy. Early on, victims can also experience nausea or vomiting.
- Emotions/Mood – A concussion may lead to irritability, sadness, excessive emotion and nervousness and/or anxiety.
- Sleep – Victims may sleep less or more than usual and can have difficulty falling asleep.
Such injuries can be deceptive, because symptoms may not appear for days or months after the injury. Certain symptoms may not be noticeable until the victim attempts to resume his or her normal life, making it difficult for doctors to diagnose the condition.
Victims of head trauma, as well as their friends and family, should stay aware and notify the victim’s doctor if they notice any of the symptoms listed above are recognized. Medical professionals can only help if they are aware a problem exists.
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