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How does traumatic brain injury affect lives?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2020 | blog

Residents of Kentucky who suffer head trauma face many hurdles after. This is especially true for those dealing with traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries impact many aspects of a victim’s life. This includes areas they may not think about immediately. Today we will look at some of these impacts.

TBIs and memory damage

Mayo Clinic discusses the impact of traumatic brain injuries on victims. One of the main subjects of discussion is memory damage. Victims of TBIs often suffer from memory loss. The severity of this loss depends on the type of injury and how damaging it was. Some victims struggle a little with short term recollection. Others have severe trouble with memory. It is to the point where it interferes with their ability to live independent lives. They may be in a constant state of confusion or panic.

TBIs and emotional struggles

TBI victims also go through emotional and mental struggles. Studies show victims of TBI with pre-existing mental health conditions suffer from worse effects. This often includes depression and anxiety. Some develop other issues on top of that, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Developing phobias that tie to the incident causing the head injury are also common.

Some TBI victims suffer from sensory changes. This includes changes to how someone smells, sees, tastes, hears or touches. The symptoms here vary. Some may suffer from partial blindness. Others may experience tingling or numbness. Others still may not hear things well. Sounds become muffled. Tinnitus is common among TBI sufferers. Often, the most difficult part of handling these issues is the sense of not knowing. TBI victims do not know how long these symptoms will take to clear, or if they ever will.