As expected, most people associate brain injuries with catastrophic accidents. However, even minor accidents can cause brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), automobiles accidents and falls are the leading cause of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Furthermore, while early symptoms appear mild, they can cause serious life-long changes in an individual’s ability to function physically, cognitively and psychologically. According to the CDC, the following are the symptoms of a MTBI:
COGNITIVE SYMPTOMS: Attention difficulties, concentration problems, memory problems and/or orientation problems.
PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: Headaches, dizziness, insomnia, fatigue, uneven gait, nausea, blurred vision and/or seizures.
BEHAVIORAL CHANGES: Irritability, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, problems with emotional control, loss of initiative and/or problems related to employment, marriage, relationships, home management, or school management.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following after an accident, seek immediate medical attention.
For more info: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/tbi_toolkit/physicians/mtbi/mtbi.pdf