What are the main symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

Because a TBI can range from mild to severe, the symptoms vary widely. Some common symptoms of TBI include:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Inability to concentrate or focus
  • Communication problems
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Impaired judgment
  • Reduced ability to multi-task
  • Seizures
  • Double vision or blindness
  • Impaired sense of smell or taste
  • Difficulty speaking clearly
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Balance problems
  • Pain
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Impulsive behavior.

The signs of a TBI do not always show up immediately after an accident. Sometimes, they do not surface for days, weeks or even months after the accident that caused the injury. For this reason, anytime someone is in an accident where a blow, jolt or impact to the head occurred, the victim should be taken to the hospital immediately for a thorough examination.

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