What you need to know

What you need to know

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What you need to know

TBIs are frequently overlooked or mis-diagnosed by the medicos.

Often there is no mention of brain injury, or even a head injury, in the ambulance or hospital records.

Admitting doctors reasonably concentrate on the obvious and possibly life threatening injuries like broken limbs and bleeding lacerations, and don't have the time or possibly the expertise to identify a TBI.  

Patients are often discharged without the patients themselves realizing that in addition to other more obvious injuries they also have a TBI.

The morbid consequences of a TBI may not actually manifest themselves for weeks or months as the focus is on recovering from the more obvious injuries.  However gradually those close to the accident victim start to notice the unpleasant changes in personality, stamina, cognition and behavior.

This causes strain on relationships as the sufferer becomes increasingly moody, aggressive and generally difficult to get along with, all of which are compounded by the accident victim's lack of insight.

Accident victims with TBI risk becoming disconnected from their family and friends. They generally can't cope with a return to work even though their other more obvious injuries have subsided. Jobs are lost. Financial strain adds to their misery. Busy GPs lack the time or patience to look into the possibility of a TBI to explain their patient's changed behavior and be inclined to simply put it down to psychological factors. It can be a nightmare.

As a consequence rehabilitation is often denied, or is provided too late to be effective.
An experienced counsellor, psychologist or lawyer who understands TBI will know the vicious circle that a TBI can cause, and explain the types of doctors and assessments that the injured person needs for the brain injury to be properly evaluated.

© Brain Injury Center 2016

Six Weeks – Three Months for individuals to Experience Onset of Traumatic and Acquired brain injury

Concussion is a result of a bump or a blow to the head, that occurs instantaneously from contact sports, car crashes slip and fall, motor bike, and workplace accidents
Psychological symptoms are not immediately  reported after concussion head injuries injury.

However the signs and symptoms can be subtle and may take a little time to become noticeable.

Onset of symptoms may take days, weeks or occasionally a year or more after the initial injury. Symptoms of injury are most probably of physical nature, whereas psychological symptoms appear after weeks or may be manifested after few initial months.

Headaches are the first symptoms that commonly occurs immediately after a short time after mild traumatic brain injury. Similarly, nausea and drowsiness are the symptoms that become apparent within one to two weeks after injury.

Psychological symptoms are not instantly reported after injury
These symptoms, depending on the nature of the injury, may be long lasting  affecting 1. Memory, 2. Concentration, 3. Speed and Accuracy,4. Planning,5. Problem Solving, 6. Reasoning,7. Mood including Anger, Anxiety and Depression.

For most people, missed and under medical diagnosis of subtle and mild concussion, brain injuries are life changing for the worst and most never recover fully.

©  Brain Injury Center 2016

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