Traumatic brain injuries include any blunt force or penetrating trauma to the brain. In the U.S., the most common cause of TBIs is motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one faced a TBI after an accident, it can severely change how you live your life.
TBIs can have a severe cognitive impact.
Learning and memory impairments
About 1.7 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries per year. While TBIs can cause physical impairments, they can also cause memory and learning impairments. A TBI can affect your ability to acquire and store information. Additionally, you may find it challenging to learn new skills necessary to work or change career paths. While some people may only struggle briefly, others may have life-long learning and memory challenges.
Attention and focus problems
Following a TBI, you may find it difficult to concentrate. The inability to focus can make it challenging to carry out daily activities. Additionally, you may struggle in your professional or academic life. You may also find it challenging to make decisions, to problem-solve or to plan for the future. Your traumatic brain injury may hinder your ability to navigate complex tasks, organize your time or set goals.
Communication and language challenges
Individuals may struggle with expressing themselves verbally or through writing. Some may have difficulty understanding language in one or all its forms. This can make communicating with medical professionals about treatment or with family and friends difficult.
In addition to affecting your professional life, the cognitive effects of a traumatic brain injury can cause problems within your personal life and reduce your quality of life.