What Are the Symptoms of Concussion?

Learn the common and not so common symptoms of a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury.

Okay, the symptoms of concussion can be quite varied. It's usually--there can be a loss of consciousness for less than 20 minutes to no loss of consciousness, just being dazed. Younger kids will complain of seeing stars. You have no memory of what happened. You're not really laying down memories for a period of time immediately afterward, but not for more than 24 hours. If it's more than 24 hours, it's more than a concussion. You can complain of headaches. You can often complain of dizziness, ringing in your ears or tinnitus. You can have problems with sleep. You can have problems paying attention. You can be slower in processing information. You're more irritable, more angry. You get fatigue and you get tired all of the time, be it from physical activity or from mental activity. You just don't feel good. You don't feel yourself. Those are sort of the big ones for concussion.
Posted on BrainLine May 27, 2010.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King, BrainLine.

About the author: Jane Gillett, MD

Dr. Jane Gillett was a neurologist certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both pediatric and adult neurology. She created and developed the Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Community Outreach Program, Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario. She died in 2011.

Dr. Jane Gillett