Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury caused by sudden trauma to the brain. TBI can occur from any strong, forceful blow to the head, such as a car accident, sports injury, bomb explosion or falling from a roof.
Although its symptoms vary considerably, and run from mild to severe, TBI is taken very seriously, as any damage to the brain can affect a person’s entire ability to function and even change one’s personality.
TBIs are typically categorized into mild and severe. In a mild TBI, also known as a concussion, a person often does not lose consciousness at all, or if they do, it is only for a few seconds or minutes. When loss of consciousness is 30 minutes or longer, however, the injury is categorized as a severe TBI.
The term “mild TBI” may be misleading, however, as “mild” refers to the severity of the initial physical trauma and not the consequences. In fact, a mild TBI can be quite disabling.
Other symptoms of a TBI may include dizziness, headache, vomiting, dilation of one or both pupils, slurred speech, fatigue, confusion, convulsions or a change in mood or sleep patterns.
Treatment for TBI depends on its severity. Many patients with severe TBI require surgery and long-term rehabilitation.
Example: After the football game, Steve felt extremely dizzy, tired and confused. His coach suspected TBI and called the paramedics.
Pedersen, T. (2016). Traumatic Brain Injury. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/traumatic-brain-injury/