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Life After a Brain Injury

Brain injury no matter how minor or major it is, it will affect almost all aspects of your life. It can take away your career; it can take away your memories or cause physical changes and many other things. But with all the negative impact brain trauma can result it in, it doesn’t mean that you should feel beat down, weary or depressed.

Feeling depressed will serve you no purpose; it will just add more weight on you. The best thing to do is, move on and find ways to enjoy your life with your new condition. Continue reading “Life After a Brain Injury”

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Getting a Neuropsychological assessment

Brain damage can be caused by a lot of things, could be an accident, a blow to the head, disease etc. but whatever the cause of the damage is one thing is for sure, brain damage will affect who you are and how you behave.

Neuropsychological assessment refers to assessments done to test cognitive functions such as self awareness, memory, emotional expression, attention and cognition.

The importance of these tests is to help psychologists find ways to treat, medicate or recommend therapy for the victim. Also it helps the victim realize his/her strengths and weakness and what can be done to keep those weaknesses or impairments in check. Continue reading “Getting a Neuropsychological assessment”

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Symptoms of Brain Injury

One of the most important things to understand about brain injury is, depending on the severity of the damage it will have both short term and long term effects. This means that some symptom will appear right after the injury and some can take weeks or months to appear.

But before you look at the symptoms it is important know the major types of injuries, the most common types of brain injury are:

  • Skull fracture: this refers to a broken skull, when the skull breaks it will no longer have the ability to absorb impact leaving the brain exposed to damage
  • Edema: edema can be caused by many things, edema is swelling of the brain that builds up pressure in the brain
  • Hematoma: this refers to clotting of blood outside the blood vessels.
  • Hemorrhage: this refers to bleeding in the brain tissues or in the spaces around your brain.
  • Concussion: concussions occur when the brain bounces hard on the walls of the skull. Concussions can lead to permanent brain damage.

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What to Do if You’ve Suffered Brain Injury

Brain injury refers to traumatic damage or destruction of brain tissue; it can come as a result of many things. The most common causes are accidents, gunshots, assault, car crash etc. the effect this will have is that it can affect your ability to fully use your brain.

Legally speaking brain injury will result in a number of issues such as,

  • Who will be the person in charge of making the victim’s medical decisions?
  • What caused the injuries? Or the circumstances that led to injury.
  • Where did the injury occur? Is it on private property, workplace etc.
  • Is the injury short term or long term?
  • Insurance issues

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