March is "National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month." TBI is a general term for all injuries to the brain caused by trauma and is often used synonymously with the term concussion. It results in an immediate impairment of neural function (ionic, metabolic, neurotransmitter, or vascular) secondary to a mechanical impact to the head. Such an injury has the potential to cause a variety of neurological deficits, including physical, behavioral, cognitive and lingual symptoms.
- Physical symptoms can affect motor, sensory and speech skills and include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, balance problems, loss of smell or taste, blurred or double vision and sensitivity to light. Post-traumatic seizure disorder is also common which refers to early or late seizure activity following a traumatic brain injury. (These seizures are considered acute symptomatic events and not epilepsy.)
- Behavior symptoms include irritability, withdrawal, loss of libido, fatigue, emotional lability (a state of being unstable or changeable), anxiety and sleep problems, as well as neurobehavioral alterations, such as impulsivity and uninhibited aggression.
- Cognitive and lingual symptoms include memory deficits, poor concentration, slow mentation, inefficiency, distractibility, word-finding problems and comprehension deficits. Another common problem is loss of awareness or memory. After severe head injury, amnesia for periods immediately before and after loss of consciousness may occur.
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