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Mental Health Concerns
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or jolt to the head. A concussion can also occur from a blow
to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and
forth. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the
way the brain normally works. Even a “ding” or a bump on
the head can be serious and result in a long-term or lifelong
disability.
No two brain injuries are alike; symptoms will vary by
individual and can include changes in cognitive, physical and
emotional functioning. Because mild TBI can be hard to
detect, it’s important to know something about the
constellation of symptoms to look for. They may include:
Headache
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or fuzzy vision
Sensitivity to light or noise
Feeling groggy, foggy or sluggish
Concentration or memory problems
Confusion
Irritability
Sadness
Nervousness or anxiety
Sleeping more or less than usual
Trouble falling asleep