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Basic Signs and Symptoms of TBI Basic Signs and Symptoms of TBI

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I think the first issue you want to look at in terms of whether or not somebody has a brain injury is whether or not they're essentially unconscious, whether or not they're disoriented, whether they're bleeding from the head. Those are the most overt signs that you want to look for. If the child is bleeding or vomiting or dizzy--anything like that where you see any neurological sign, you want to seek immediate medical attention. I think then, for the period thereafter, you want to be looking for more subtle signs. Is the child developing headaches? Do you notice the child all of a sudden is becoming more anxious in some kinds of situations? Do you notice the child is beginning to have concentration difficulties, remembering difficulties? Is the child becoming more agitated? Getting angry or having temper outbursts for no apparent reason?

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Learn the basic signs and symptoms of a brain injury from loss of consciousness to changes in behavior.

Produced by Noel Gunther, Ashley Gilleland, Victoria Tilney McDonough, and Brian King.

Wayne Gordon, PhD Wayne Gordon, PhD, ABPP/Cn, is the Jack Nash Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and associate director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a neuropsychologist and the director of the Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center.

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For all those that got diagnosed, consider yourself lucky. There are those of us, that have most of the symptoms of TBI, but were never properly diagnosed years ago. Sure, I went to the ER of a well known Florida Hospital (Celebration) and they misdiagnosed me. Still missing huge chunks of memory, and they said nothing is wrong with me. Of course, if I had realize I could have sued for neglect, I would have. This was back in 2005. But I was looking for help and to be 'fixed' and didn't get either. Really affected me later in life, as more head injuries occurred, and other Florida Hospital branches kept missing concussion symptoms. So who do you trust?

Nov 13th, 2016 4:18pm

This video describes my symptoms perfectly. Thank you. My car hydroplaned inclimatic conditions and was totalled. As a first responder i think i was in denial for weeks after as i struggled with tasks all of which you describe. I also developed severe anemia a month after my accident as my hemoglobin dropped & other horrific symtoms so my physician sent me 911 to the hospital from his office with a stat order for a blood transfusion. The hospital and skilled nursing facility lasted a month. The hemotologist and GI physician all argued over where the bleed was at. Now the hemotologist final word was keep on B12 for the remainder of life. Tomorrow I see nuerologist for brain mri as they continue to diagnose what you seem to do in one video. Thanks again. Sincerely T

Feb 29th, 2016 12:15am

This is too close to home! I find this totally to be me, thank you for a GREAT VIDEO to educate the ones  around me to understand (What I don't remember hearing after head injury rehab.)

Thank you again for a wonderful video and have sent to my closest friends.

Feb 8th, 2016 9:52am

That speaks volumes . Wow I hope folks see that and understand the power behide it . I am a person who was in truck accident ,, and really I look fine . But I hurt inside my head . I rest now, when really I want to get up and be back the way I use to be , before accident . Thank you , GLF

Jun 5th, 2015 3:58pm


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