Basic Signs and Symptoms of TBI

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?

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

Wayne Gordon

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.

Posted on BrainLine March 15, 2011

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

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