A traumatic brain injury can happen after you experience sudden trauma to your head, like in a car accident or another type of serious accident. This type of injury is common, leading to many deaths and hospitalizations every year.
According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, on an annual basis, approximately 2.5 million people incur a brain injury. These injuries can result in a variety of social and emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms.
Social & emotional
If you have a brain injury, you may feel more anxious or nervous than usual. You may also feel more emotional in general, feel easily irritated and experience bouts of sadness that are difficult to control.
While you recover from the serious accident that caused your TBI, some of the cognitive symptoms you may experience include attention and concentration problems and issues with short and long-term memory. You may also have a hard time thinking clearly, feel slowed down and feel groggy.
The physical symptoms of a brain injury can include headaches and nausea and vomiting. You may also feel like you have no energy, have problems with dizziness and balance and struggle with vision issues.
The symptoms of a brain injury can show up right after the trauma to your head while others may manifest themselves a few days after the accident. Brain injury symptoms also vary greatly from person to person, so the symptoms you experience will be different from someone else who incurs the same level of trauma to their head.