March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to recognize and encourage those who have suffered what can be devastating wounds to the body's most critical organ.
One particularly useful way to recognize and honor brain injury victims is to remind others of the signs of traumatic brain injury, so that the injuries can be diagnosed and treated as quickly and effectively as possible.
A doctor in Washington state recently wrote a fascinating column on the subject, in which she recounted the story of a friend of hers who had been involved in "a minor car accident."
He walked away from the collision. But he was plagued with amnesia for a full year afterwards.
It took days for him to recall even his own name and age. But over that first year, "he regained his ability to do things independently and conquered the depression that plagued him."
Not only do people who suffer brain injuries deal with memory loss, a loss of balance, vision problems and other symptoms, many are also forced to cope with depression brought on by something that can appear trivial at first glance, such as "a minor car accident."
Brain injuries are anything but trivial, as any brain injury victim's family will tell you.
We're going to list some common brain injury symptoms; please, if you or someone you know suffers from these symptoms following a car accident, fall or slip, please visit a doctor as soon as possible:
- Problems thinking clearly
- Difficulty processing or remembering new information
- Feeling as if the world has slowed down
- Problems with balance
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light or sounds
- Inexplicable sadness
- A sense of being overwhelmed by social situations
- Difficulty sleeping, falling asleep or waking up
Please share this information with others.
Resource: Spokesman-Recorder: "Brain trauma: The signs; how to help": February 15, 2011