Life After Brain Injury

Just as no two brains are alike, no two brain injuries are the same, either. As a result, each person living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is affected in a different way.

What kinds of problems can people living with a TBI have? Here are some examples:

Health and Physical Problems

  • Headaches
  • Head, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Balance problems
  • Changes in vision, hearing, smell, or taste
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss of energy

Thinking Problems

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Reacting and thinking slowly
  • Learning problems
  • Difficulty in organizing and planning

Behavior and Mood Problems

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Emotional instability or mood swings
  • Changes in sexual behavior
  • Being impulsive or uninhibited
  • Agitation
  • Isolation

Communication Problems

  • Can't focus on one topic
  • Difficulty in finding the right word
  • Talks too much
  • Doesn't speak clearly or pay attention
  • Difficulty in listening