High Hopes Head Injury Program
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Brain Injury

Every brain is different, and thus every brain injury is unique. No two experiences of brain injury will be identical. Brain injury can affect every aspect of and individual’s life: physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral. There is hope through the recovery progress and services people do get better and regain their lives.


There are some commonly seen consequences of brain injury. A person who has sustained a brain injury may experience some of the following:


  • Physical Changes
  • Loss of use of one or both arms or legs
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in vision
  • Changes in the sense of smell or taste
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Decreased coordination
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Changes in bowel and or bladder control
  • Speech difficulties
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Cognitive Changes


Attention and/or concentration difficulties:


  • Short term memory problems
  • Difficulty initiating tasks
  • Difficulty following through with tasks
  • Difficulty with organization
  • Problem solving difficulties
  • Reasoning problems
  • Slowed thought process
  • Lack of insight or perception
  • Inability to follow directions
  • Difficulty doing more than one task at a time
  • Difficulty in understanding written and/or verbal communication
  • Difficulty expressing thoughts appropriately
  • Sensitivity to over-stimulation, difficulty filtering out external stimuli


Emotional and Behavioral Changes:


  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Inability to control emotions
  • Verbal outbursts
  • Impulsiveness
  • Fear
  • Difficulty interacting in social situations


Please be aware that this is a partial list of possible consequences of brain injury. This list should not be constructed as a diagnostic tool. If you suspect that you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury, you need to seek appropriate medical attention.