Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) will affect over a million people each year and oftentimes their symptoms go unnoticed. The symptoms of TBI are usually associated with changes in a person’s behavior, thoughts, and feelings. However, some injuries can damage the nerves running through the brain and impair one’s motor skills and internal functioning. When this occurs a person may have trouble with walking or writing, as well as trouble with bladder control or regulating body temperature.
It is difficult for most people to understand brain injuries and their lasting effects. The brain doesn’t heal like the rest of the body and you can’t just put a band-aid on it. TBI’s can last forever and have a pervasive impact on a person’s way of life. Many need in-home assistance, financial assistance, and continued therapy. Even mild TBI’s can cause extreme personality and behavior changes and can make a person more prone to depression and suicide.
It is very important for people to be informed about the dangers of TBI and how to prevent them. The two most common causes of TBI are motor vehicle accidents and falls. To keep you and your loved ones safe make sure everyone wears a seatbelt when riding in a car, encourages the use of helmets and uses rails when walking down stairways to prevent falls. However, if someone is injured and shows symptoms of a TBI make sure you stabilize that person and call for medical attention right away.
A traumatic brain injury can have a significant impact not only on the person injured but also on their family and loved ones. Caring for someone with a TBI can be expensive, time-consuming and the emotional and physical tolls are outstanding. During such a difficult and emotional time it is important to have the right information and a trusted advocate on your side.