Do you recognize these symptoms in yourself?
Debilitating consequences of a brain injury. It influences everything the injured person does physically and mentally. Emotions can become raw when tired. Mental energy is exhausted after a short time. More parts of the brain are used because the dead area must be bypassed by in the communication between the brain cells.
Sensory Sensitivity or Hypersensitivity:
A pattern of sensory processing that is characterized by low sensory thresholds and a passive self regulation strategy. SH contributes to fatigue and overload. What is experienced with our senses is too much information for the injured brain to try to process and organize.
Sensory Overload/Sensory Processing:
Sensory input is faster than it should be or crash with other input (light, sound, smell, touch, taste, temperature, external movement, coordination, pain). Can be seen in overreaction or no reaction. Both show overstimulation from sensory processing.
Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI:
Any injury to the brain from an external force (incl. whiplash, explosions) results in a TBI.
Acquired Brain Injury:
is brain damage caused by events after birth.
Difference between a TBI and an Acquired TBI:
Brain tissue can be damaged by a variety of things like infections, tumors or strokes.
Acquired TBI are all types of TBI and also injuries caused after birth i.e. stroke, loss of oxygen to the brain. Injuries present at birth or progressive in nature such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s are not a TBI or an acquired TBI.
Symptoms of a TBI
- Attention, concentration, destructibility, irritability, mental and physical fatigue, difficulties following through, short attention span.
- Short term memory, day to day, week to week. Long term memory, difficulties holding information, working memory, difficulties learning something new.
- Frustration because before injury they were able to do something, now they are not. Angry at self. mental and emotional pain. When emotional you cannot think
- Organization, in need of structure, routine and planning
- Reasoning, problem solving, decision making, decision fatigue, impaired judgment