In my third podcast I will cover the possible effects of a brain injury. So let us get started:
Impaired memory is one of the universal problems of people with head injury.
- Keeping track of important dates, project due dates, and events.
- Clear thoughts
- Jot down EVERYTHING
- A sense of accomplishment
Headaches can be a serious problem with a head injury. In one study of head-injured people, 50% reported having a headache when they were discharged from the hospital. After one year, 33% of this same group of people said “my head still hurts.”
- Two approaches
- Keeping hydrated with water
Overload theory: when a brain injury person goes into a loud, busy, and hectic place he or she may becomes cognitively overloaded.
- TAKE A BREAK!
Sleep is very important to the healing process. Lack of sleep makes the other head injury symptoms much worse. Sleep also has an important role in physical healing.
Anger and Depression
People accept that head injury can change your thoughts and memories but has difficulties understanding that it also contains your emotions.
- Anger and depression
- What is happening in the brain?
Word-finding is a common, and often annoying, problem. Almost every head-injured person has this problem to some degree. Head-injured people may talk normally; speech flows evenly and it’s easy to understand. But they’ll have this very odd problem–they’ll know the word they want to say but just can’t come up with it.
I would like to take the remaining time to thank you for listening and to remind you to, “live everyday like it was your last!”.