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Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain InjuryA wide variety of symptoms can occur after a brain injury.  Below is a list of possible symptoms, which can arise from damage to specific areas of the brain:

Frontal Lobe: Forehead

  • Loss of simple movement of various body parts (Paralysis).
  • Unability to plan a sequence of complex movements needed to complete multi-stepped tasks, such as making coffee.
  • Loss of spontaneity in interacting with others.
  • Loss of flexibility in thinking.
  • Persistence of a single thought.
  • Inability to focus on task.
  • Mood changes.
  • Changes in social behavior.
  • Changes in personality.
  • Difficulty with problem solving.
  • Inability to express language.

Parietal Lobe: near the back and top of the head

  • Inability to attend to more than one object at a time.
  • Inability to name an object.
  • Inability to locate the words for writing.
  • Problems with reading.
  • Difficulty with drawing objects.
  • Difficulty in distinguishing left from right.
  • Difficulty with doing mathematics.
  • Lack of awareness of certain body parts and/or surrounding space that leads to difficulties in self-care.
  • Inability to focus visual attention.
  • Difficulties with eye and hand coordination.

Occipital Lobes: most posterior, at the back of the head

  • Defects in vision.
  • Difficulty with locating objects in environment.
  • Difficulty with identifying colors.
  • Production of hallucinations.
  • Visual illusions – inaccurately seeing objects.
  • Word blindness – inability to recognize words.
  • Difficulty in recognizing drawn objects.
  • Inability to recognize the movement of object.
  • Difficulties with reading and writing.

Temporal Lobes: side of head above ears

  • Difficulty in recognizing faces.
  • Difficulty in understanding spoken words.
  • Disturbance with selective attention to what we see and hear.
  • Difficulty with identification of, and verbalization about objects.
  • Short term memory loss.
  • Interference with long term memory.
  • Increased and decreased interest in sexual behavior.
  • Inability to categorize objects.
  • Right lobe damage can cause persistent talking.
  • Increased aggressive behavior.

Brain Stem: deep within the brain

  • Decreased vital capacity in breathing, important for speech.
  • Swallowing food and water.
  • Difficulty with organization/perception of the environment.
  • Problems with balance and movement.
  • Dizziness and nausea.
  • Sleeping difficulties.

Cerebellum: base of the skull

  • Loss of ability to coordinate fine movements.
  • Loss of ability to walk.
  • Inability to reach out and grab objects.
  • Tremors.
  • Dizziness.
  • Slurred Speech.
  • Inability to make rapid movements.

If a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, call Cellino & Barnes now at 1-(800) 888-8888 or contact us.

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