Traumatic Brain Injury Misdiagnosed

“Traumatic brain injury is the most misunderstood, misdiagnosed, underfunded public health problem our nation faces.” That is according to Susan Connors, the President of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant issue that gravely needs the attention of the scientific, medical, and legal communities. Approximately 1.4 million Americans are treated at hospitals for TBI each year.

Brain injuries are clearly common; often as a result of a car accident, a sports activity, or other hit to the head. However these injuries are difficult to diagnose because symptoms do not always immediately present. And the injury can range from mild to moderate to severe.

A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the head that disturbs brain function. When the head strikes an object, the brain can hit the inside of the skull. TBI also occurs when the head is struck by an object, or by a person’s fist or foot.
In a closed-head injury, the object does not break through the skull. Brain contusions, or bruises, form which are caused when the brain hits against the skull. Then a blood vessel in the head can be damaged, bleeds into the cranium, and the pressure from the hematoma, or pool of blood, can cause brain injury.

The neurological consequences of TBI are complex, yet can be quite subtle.  TBI is regularly misdiagnosed because it’s often confused with mental illness, hyperactivity and other medical conditions.

As is the case with a mild brain injury, it may not become noticeable until months after the injury. People with this injury often appear fine at first. Which is why if you know someone who could have a TBI there are certain symptoms to be aware of, such as:

- Personality changes including depression, anxiety, anger, irritability;
- Problems with memory, concentration, learning, speaking, understanding;
- A significant drop in performance at school, work, recreational activities such as sports/fitness, or in social situations;
- Changes in sleep patterns;
- Loss of fine motor functions;
- Sensitivity to sounds, lights or distractions;
- Loss of sense of smell or taste;
- Ringing in ears;
- Changes to appetite;
- Blurred vision, dizziness and nausea;
- Persistent headaches; and
- Always feeling tired/lethargic.

If brain injury is not treated properly and immediately, other symptoms can appear, such as:

- Extreme anger, irritability, anxiety or rage;
- Personality changes;
- Depression;
- Loss of cognitive functions;
- Inability to solve everyday problems; and
- Emotional/behavioral issues, difficulties in relationships, work and/or school.

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