Navigating the System
A Guide for People with Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Families

What is traumatic brain injury?

Sep 16, 2013, 15:08 PM
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Some examples of mild traumatic brain injury symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Short term memory problems
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Fatigue
  • You do not need to lose consciousness (black out) to have a brain injury.
  • If you have had a "concussion," you have had a mild brain injury.

Some examples of moderate traumatic brain injury symptoms may include:

  • Loss of consciousness greater than an hour but less than 24 hours
  • Difficulty reasoning or solving problems
  • Difficulty carrying on conversations
  • Speech problems
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue

Some examples of severe traumatic brain injury symptoms include:

  • Loss of consciousness greater than 24 hours (could last for several days or longer)
  • Longer recovery time
  • Significant disturbance in thinking
  • Speech and language problems (examples: forgets words, can't speak, can't understand others)
  • Movement disturbances (examples: loses balance, can't walk)

Every brain injury is different. These are common symptoms that many people experience after brain injury. You may not have all symptoms on this list-or you may have a symptom this is not on the list.

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