Traumatic Brain Injury Frequently Asked Questions (Part Two)

What is the prognosis for traumatic brain injuries?

The prognosis for traumatic brain injuries varies wildly depending on the age and health of the brain injury victim as well as on the severity of the initial accident. Some with TBI could live life suffering from symptoms that are hard to measure: cognition problems that make it difficult for them to think and reason, sensory processing issues that create problems with how they see, hear, taste, and smell the world, both short term and long term memory problems, behavior problems, mental problems and depression, and communication problems that make it difficult to listen and speak. Others with more serious brain injuries may suffer from paralysis, be in a coma, be in an unresponsive state, or be in a persistent vegetative state for the rest of their lives.

What is a considered a mild traumatic brain injury?

Mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) can still significantly affect your life, your family, and your career - and you could suffer from a mild traumatic brain injury without even ever losing consciousness. In many cases, after an accident the person could feel fine and act more or less normally on the surface. Some signs that a MTBI could have occurred is: memory loss surrounding the time of the accident, slight confusion, headaches that get worse instead of better, or nausea. The long-term affects of a mild traumatic brain injury could include cognition problems, communication problems, severe fatigue, behavior changes, and memory problems.

What is Post-concussion syndrome?

Post-concussion syndrome, or PCS, could affect those who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury - with 40 to 80 percent of those suffering from MTBI reporting symptoms lasting weeks, months, or years. In some cases, PCS could develop long after a brain injury took place. Those suffering from the syndrome could feel headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, or agitation. Others could suffer from depression, anxiety, fatigue, and behavioral issues. Still others suffer from increased sensitivity to light and noise.

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