What Are The Long-Term Effects Of TBI?

Photo of a disabled childMany people know about the truck accident involving a Wal-Mart truck driver and the prominent “Saturday Night Live” cast member Tracy Morgan. While the legality of the case has been highly public, Morgan and the long-term effects of his traumatic brain injury are not as well-known.

A traumatic brain injury can affect all aspects of a person’s life. This includes personality, emotions, physical and mental capacities, and overall wellbeing. In a recent interview, Tracy Morgan said that he often forgets things, and that he also has nosebleeds and headaches.

Each injury is unique and will produce different effects. The cerebellum (one of the parts of the brain) has multiple lobes each responsible for a different function within the brain. Damage to a specific lobe could cause problems with the functions of that lobe, but it could also lead to other effects because the brain works as a whole.

Are Fatigue and Memory Loss Normal After A Traumatic Brain Injury?

Survivors of a traumatic brain injury can experience a host of long-term effects. Many times they will easily fatigue and tire, needing more sleep and rest than ever before. Social situations could seem daunting, as the brain no longer processes sounds and information the way that it used to. The brain struggling to process information could make them seem stuck in a way, and retraining the brain to do sometimes even simple tasks takes a lot of time and energy.

Traumatic brain injuries almost always affect memory. Whether it is short-term memory, long-term memory, or immediate memory depends on the type of brain injury sustained. Immediate memory is the type of memory needed to remember a seven digit number recently given by an operator, memory lasting only minutes. Short term memory is the ability to remember something after 30 minutes, and this is usually what is affected long-term by traumatic brain injuries. Long-term memory is the ability to recall information days or weeks later.

The long-term effect of a brain injury can make someone unfit for employment and unable to live their lives the way they used to. The effects on physical and mental capacities can be debilitating. If you are currently suffering from a traumatic brain injury, contact us to see if we can help.

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