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What are the effects of traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injuries can have a range of devastating effects that impact both you and your family, whether resulting from motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls or other causes of physical trauma. These effects can require ongoing medical treatment while also decreasing your overall quality of life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the effects of TBI fall into a few different categories, including physical, cognitive, emotional and sensory impairments. Each category is associated with both short and long-term symptoms, some of which may require continual medical attention just so you can lead a relatively normal life. For instance, the physical effects of TBI often include headaches, problems with balance and a prolonged feeling of fatigue. If these effects are lasting, physical therapy may be necessary.

As for cognitive issues related to brain injury, you may suffer from an inability to think clearly or to concentrate. Retention of new information can also be difficult, and can inhibit your ability to learn new skills and tasks. The onset of emotional disorders is also a component of some brain injuries (such as depression and anxiety), which can negatively impact you well as your close friends and loved ones.

Unfortunately, determining the length of these issues can be challenging. Your symptoms can appear immediately after an injury takes place or months later. In some cases, you might not experience any symptoms until you are under a great amount of pressure or stress, at which point effects will manifest. Establishing a timeline for recovery is another concern. Some victims of TBI are able to recover their previous abilities with proper medical treatment, although it may take months or even years. In other instances, a full recovery might not be possible, which will require you to make accommodations to your injuries and potentially relearn basic skills. 

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