An acquired brain injury is any injury to the brain since birth. It covers damage to the brain caused by illnesses such as strokes, tumours and encephalitis but also covers damage to the brain caused by trauma. Traumatic brain injuries are, as the name suggests, injuries to the brain caused by accidents, falls or assaults.
The impact that any brain injury has on an individual varies on a wide range of things including the severity and location of the trauma.
Long term lasting effects of the injury will depend upon many factors including:
Common symptoms of mild brain injuries / concussion
Common symptoms of moderate / severe brain injuries - in addition to mild brain injuries
Whilst the physical impacts of a brain injury may be well understood, the emotional impacts are perhaps less well known about.
They can often by quite subtle changes and may not arise for a month or so after the brain injury. They can be a huge cause of worry and frustration for the individual and their family, once the initial shock of the trauma is dealt with having to deal with personality changes that can often be destructive in nature can seem overwhelming.
We would always advise seeking help if you are at all concerned about any changes that may have resulted from a brain injury.
The frontal lobe is part of the brain that is responsible for much of our emotional regulation.
Tolerance, impulsivity, motivation and self awareness are all controlled by this part of the brain.
The prognosis for mild and moderate brain injuries is good, with most people regaining most or all brain functioning as long as the right support is in place.
The first step is to diagnose the brain injury correctly and then a team of professionals such as psychologists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists can support the individual in their recovery and treatment.
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