A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a wide variety of complications, and it may be difficult to predict how long the effects will last. Patients who do not experience permanent physical and mental disabilities may still have extended recovery times, affecting their relationships with others and their quality of life.
Potential Long-Term Effects of a Brain Injury
Victims of TBI can incur enormous medical expenses, adding financial difficulty to a physically and emotionally overwhelming recovery. Many patients are unable to return to their former employment or perform any work at all, while some may be unable to perform daily activities such as bathing and dressing.
Some of the most common long-lasting effects of brain injury include:
- Cognitive problems such as memory loss, impaired judgment, difficulty with problem-solving and organizing, shortened attention span, and lost perceptions of time or spacial awareness
- Lost motor function can result in body weakness, balance and coordination problems, sexual dysfunction, seizures, spasticity, loss of endurance, tics or tremors, problems swallowing, or full or partial paralysis
- Sensory deficits including an inability or change in the perception of taste, hearing, smell, touch, or vision
- Behavioral and emotional problems such as personality changes, agitation, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, decreased motivation, and emotional suffering
- Comprehension difficulties such as an inability to read or understand language or identify objects
- Communication problems such as difficulty speaking, reading, writing, typing, or otherwise communicating with others
- Social problems such as inability to understand language or facial cues, problems interacting with others, displaying a flat affect, sudden outbursts, or severe social anxiety
- Shortened lifespan in patients who experience prolonged comas, locked-in syndrome, or health complications due to infection or paralysis
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