Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common causes of death and disability in the world. A traumatic brain injury can result from blunt trauma, as in the case of a motor vehicle accident, or penetrating trauma, such as in the case of gun-shots or stab wounds. Suffering a brain injury can be devastating for the injured person but also their family and caregivers. Brain injuries affect all areas of a person’s life, and can affect personality, mood, cognitive abilities, pain behaviours, the ability to work, and the ability to look after oneself.
Symptoms of brain injury include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, confusion, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.
Family members often become caregivers for the person suffering from a traumatic brain injury, and this puts an enormous stain on everyone. Injured survivors without family or financial protection may be relegated to the streets, or misdiagnosed as mentally ill.
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