Traumatic brain injury can result in a number of life altering disabilities and challenges. The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury immediately following a blow to the head can signal that there is something wrong immediately, but the long-term effects of a brain injury may not be recognized or even understood. If you have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury, download your copy of our book Don't Wreck Your Injury Claim for helpful information.
Brain injuries are known to cause devastating issues with cognition and speech, balance and coordination, and problems with the memory. Brain injury victims and the families of brain injury patients can be caught by surprise when the resulting symptoms include a dramatic shift in personality and behavior. Sometimes these changes can include changes in behavior; these changes can take a definite toll on the victim’s quality of life.
Like many symptoms of brain injury, there is no single diagnostic test that clearly points out exactly what has changed. These changes are often apparent but vague, clear at sometimes and less sure at others. The symptoms of personality changes after a traumatic brain injury can include:
- Irritability, wide swings in mood
- Difficulty concentrating
- Uncharacteristic outbursts and sudden fits of temper
- Increased anxiety
Additionally, the brain injury patient may start acting out differently in ways never before seen by friends and family members. Some of the behavioral changes can include:
- Awkwardness is social settings; inability to make proper social judgments
- Risk taking and extreme decision making
- Outbursts of swearing and yelling that seem uncontrollable
As if the other symptoms of brain injury were not hard enough to handle, significant changes in personality and behavior create a new level of difficulty following a traumatic brain injury. The brain injury victim can face years of therapy and rehabilitation as well as loss of income and medical bills. If you have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury contact a Kansas City brain injury attorney for help.