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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) and how Does it Impact You?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) , traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when the brain is damaged as a result of a sudden trauma. When something hits the head suddenly and violently, or if anything pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue, it causes a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on how much brain tissue was damaged.
A small traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in either continued consciousness or a brief period of unconsciousness lasting only seconds or minutes. Indicators of mild traumatic brain damage include symptoms such as:
- blurred vision or “sleepy eyes”
- ringing in the ears
- a horrible taste in the mouth
- weariness or lethargy
- a shift in sleep patterns
- abnormal behavior or mood
- problems with memory or concentration.
The above symptoms may also be experienced by people who have suffered a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with persistent or worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting, convulsions, seizures, dilated pupils, difficulty waking from sleep, slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or loss of coordination. Another sign may be an increase in mental agitation or restlessness.