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The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 4: Most Common Causes of TBI

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider traumatic brain injury to be a serious public health concern. Every year, around 1.7 million Americans suffer TBI, from mild concussions to those injuries that cause serious, permanent disability. These lifelong effects stem from an event lasting only a split second. What Are the Most Common Causes of TBI? Slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of brain injury, at almost double the rate of the next most prevalent cause. Over one-third (35.2 percent) of brain injuries are caused by falls. In children aged 0 to 14, that percentage is 50 percent. For seniors over 65, the rate is even higher (62 percent). Traffic accidents make up 17.3 percent of TBIs. Though TBIs are less common from accidents than from slips and falls, the potential for death due to traumatic brain injury is highest in this category….
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The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 3: Emotional Complications

The effects of a traumatic brain injury can vary wildly. One of the many ways a TBI can change a person is by altering the way that person feels or expresses emotion. Depending on the site and severity of the injury, there are different emotional complications the TBI sufferer may experience. Emotional Complications Related to TBI Difficulty controlling emotions. Mood swings are a common change after TBI. A person may feel several different emotions in rapid succession or may find that their mood can change at a moment’s notice. Sudden anger, sadness, happiness – any of these changes are possible. The technical term for this is emotional lability, and it usually happens as a result of damage to the areas of the brain that control emotions and behavior. Often, there is no specific trigger for these mood swings. Sometimes, they aren’t even related to how that person feels. Someone who…
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The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 2: Cognitive Complications

Last week, we went into detail on some of the physical complications of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This week, we’re continuing this series by discussing the cognitive effects of TBI, which can vary wildly. Cognition is, simply put, to know or to think. Cognition encompasses a broad range of mental skills such as memory, communication, attention, understanding, problem-solving, and more. TBI can affect any or all of these skills. Attention and concentration. A person who has suffered a TBI may become easily distracted, restless, have difficulty multitasking or completing projects and problems carrying on long conversations. Problems processing and understanding information. A person with TBI may need extra time to understand what others are saying or to follow instructions. It can take that person longer to read and understand written information. It can also affect reaction time, which can turn previously simple tasks like driving into unsafe actions. Language and…
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