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How Do I Know if My Loved One has Sustained Brain Injury?

Chances are that if your loved one has been involved in a traumatic event there may be some, even if remote, brain injury.  The extent and amount needs to be assessed by a proper professional.   However, there are certain classic signs of brain injury and this list may be of assistance to you.
 
Many victims of brain injury have problems with judgment, attention, arousal or concentration.  These persons find it difficult to carry out a normal conversation without long pauses in their speech.  The are easily distracted while interacting with others or seem to lack their normal judgment in social interactions.
 
Additionally, there may be actual physical decreased motor skills, such as picking up keys, simple tasks requiring dexterity, and the ability to process your hand and foot movements.
 
Anxiety and depression can also be a common effect of brain injury, although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may also be the cause of these symptoms.  Don’t confuse anger for PTSD or brain injury either.  Anger can bring on some of these symptoms but it is usually not long lasting or as severe. 

Obviously, social interactions that seem unusual or delayed may also be an indication of brain injury.  The nature and the extent of the brain injury can be assessed through neuropsychological testing and should be assessed if the symptoms prolong or last for more than several weeks to a month.

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