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Brain Injury

What is a Brain Injury?

  • Acquired Brain Injury

    Injury to the brain, which is not hereditary, congenital, or degenerative, that has occurred after birth. These include brain tumors, anoxia/hypoxia, infections of the brain, stroke, aneurysm, ingestion of toxic substances, and the following are all sub-types of ABI:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

    Injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head; or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI includes concussion.

  • Concussion

    A Concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a "mild" brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be very serious and can lead to future disabilities. Learn more about concussions here.

The Consequences of Brain Injury

Cognitive Consequences Can Include:

  • Short term memory loss; long term memory loss

  • Slowed ability to process information

  • Trouble concentrating or paying attention for periods of time

  • Difficulty keeping up with a conversation; other communication difficulties such as word finding problems

  • Spatial disorientation

  • Organizational problems and impaired judgment

  • Unable to do more than one thing at a time

  • A lack of initiating activities, or once started, difficulty in completing tasks without reminders

Physical Consequences Can Include:

  • Seizures of all types

  • Muscle spasticity

  • Double vision or low vision, even blindness

  • Loss of smell or taste

  • Speech impairments such as slow or slurred speech

  • Headaches or migraines

  • Fatigue, increased need for sleep

  • Balance problems

Emotional Consequences Can Include:

  • Increased anxiety

  • Depression and mood swings

  • Impulsive behavior

  • More easily agitated

  • Egocentric behaviors; difficulty seeing how behaviors can affect others

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