A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer. It is defined as any trauma or blow to the head which disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, resulting in several long-term effects.
TBI is often associated with permanent damage which may alter the way you live for the rest of your life. An injured individual may need constant medical care, occupational therapy, assistance with daily activities, and psychotherapy to treat depression.
Common symptoms and long-term effects of TBI include the following:
- Persistent headaches
- Memory loss
- Vomiting and nausea
- Concentration issues
- Loss of coordination
- Temporary or permanent loss of bodily function
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
Dealing with TBI
Unfortunately, brain injuries cannot be healed that easily. The recovery process can take months, years, or even a lifetime for an injured person to regain their normal functions, which can result in frustration and anger.
In addition to the physical challenges caused by TBI, it is also associated with many psychological challenges and may affect mental health. Most victims suffer from depression and anxiety, which is why they require qualified care and support if mental health issues continue.
The reality for people living with a brain injury is the need for additional check-ups and doctor visits, or ongoing rehabilitation. On the other hand, those who feel like everything is “back to normal” may still continue periodic testing from a neuropsychologist or perform daily cognitive exercises.