Coping with an acquired brain injury
Even a minor head injury can temporarily impair the brain function, referred to as concussion. This can lead to difficulties such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, irritability and memory problems.
The more severe the brain injury, the more pronounced the long-term effects:
- Physical effects on mobility, weakness or paralysis
- Ataxia – uncontrolled movements and tremors
- Sensory impairment
- Difficulties with speech
- Aphasia – loss of receptive or expressive language
- Problems with memory and visual-perceptual skills
- Concentration and motivation problems
- Impaired insight and empathy
- Depression, anxiety and personality issues
The aftermath of a brain injury can be a long journey for both the individual and their family and carers. Sensible planning for the future is important with small but important goals along the way.