How to Identify a TBI - What Should I Be Looking For?
Our brains control and direct how our bodies work and also how we receive information from the outside world, and then how we process that information. Different parts of the brain are involved in how we feel, how we behave, how we think, how we move and so on. So, depending on which part of the brain is injured, the consequences of injury may be very obvious from the start. For example, the person may not be able to talk clearly or walk normally. For other people, the consequences may not be seen so clearly or may not be seen immediately. In cases like these - when it is not clear that a brain injury has occurred - what should you look for?
There are four types of problems or symptoms that may appear after a TBI:
- Physical Symptoms, such as walking or having headaches
- Intellectual Symptoms, such as in reading or remembering
- Social Problems, such as in fighting with people or not thinking before acting
- Emotional Problems, such as in feeling depressed or very anxious or agitated
These symptoms or problems are described on the next pages of this website. If you have experienced these in yourself or if you see a lot of them in a loved one, it is important to seek help. Please keep in mind that IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO SEEK HELP!