Effects of a Brain Injury
The effects of a brain injury can be wide ranging, and depend on a number of factors such as the type, location and severity of injury. Every injury is unique and the range of symptoms the person will experience will be dependent on the type, location and severity of the injury.
Effects are normally divided into the following categories:
- Cognitive Effects -
- this can include changes to speed of thought, memory, understanding, concentration, problem solving, using language
- Emotional and Behavioural Effects -
- ABI can provoke personality changes, difficulty managing emotions, depression, lack of motivation, disinhibition, anxiety, lack of awareness
- Physical Effects -
- ABI survivors can experience fatigue, headaches, speaking and swallowing disorders, movement and balance disorders, paralysis and weakness, loss of sensation, epilepsy
Some people make an excellent physical recovery after a brain injury, which can mean there are few, or no, outwards signs that an injury has occurred. The effects of brain injury can be subtle and not always very apparent.
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