Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is happening much more frequently nowadays, but it can be difficult to know exactly what symptoms to look for. If you are in an accident or injure your head in some way, you have to be very vigilant about noticing anything that feels “off” or just not right afterwards, and make note of these symptoms or incidents. If you are a parent and the accident happened to your child, you need to be continuously monitoring them, and asking them about what they are feeling. This vigilance will help determine whether or not you are dealing with a traumatic brain injury, and also whether you should seek medical attention right away. There are symptoms that you must immediately seek proper care for. Here are some symptoms of traumatic brain injury that you should absolutely never ignore.
Extreme Physical Reactions
As described in this source, if you or another victim in an accident lost consciousness for over 6 hours, it is automatically classified as a traumatic brain injury. Common brain injury symptoms are dizziness, nausea and vomiting, and dilated pupils. If any of these reactions are extreme, that is not a promising sign – you should see someone right away. If you experience seizures and have never had them before, this is another serious indicator of TBI. After a TBI, you may also experience seizures from now on. Pay attention to your sleep patterns – if they are oddly irregular, consult with a professional.
Serious Cognitive or Sensory Reactions
Intense cognitive and sensory abnormalities after an injury are some of the most telling symptoms that someone may have a traumatic brain injury. In terms of cognition, obvious memory loss, confusion, being unable to process information normally, trouble with reading or writing abilities, and additional linguistic issues are major signs of deeper damage to the brain. If you have extreme losses in any of the five senses – sight, taste, touch, hearing, or your sense of smell – TBI may be the reason why.
TryMunity Is There for You
If you or someone close to you has been formally diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, the story does not stop there. In fact, you now have an entire community available around you with that same common life condition. TryMunity was created to be an avenue for TBI survivors and their families to have an outlet to share their stories, connect to others around them, and support one another through their individual journeys of living with a traumatic brain injury. Join the online community of TryMunity today at http://www.trymunity.com/.