The brain is the control centre for everything you think, feel and do, so it’s no surprise that damage to it can alter your physical and mental abilities, behaviour and personality. Even apparently subtle problems can have a massive impact.

Some common head injury symptoms include:

  • Lack of insight
  • Personality changes
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Poor perception, recognition and judgement
  • Lack of initiative
  • Fatigue
  • Physical disabilities
  • Slowed responses
  • Loss of physical sensations
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor planning and problem solving skills
  • Inability to understand and communicate
  • Poor memory
  • Slow or slurred speech
  • Overly talkative

Brain injury is often referred to as a ‘hidden’ disability because the effects of an accident involving the head – such as not being able to think straight, or being unable to comprehend information, or feeling anxious, irritable or depressed – are not as obvious to others although they are every bit as real as ‘visible’ physical disabilities and can have a negative impact on your life.

Relationships with family and friends can be placed under immense strain. Relatives report that the most difficult problems are personality changes, slowness, poor memory, irritability, bad temper, tiredness, depression, tension and anxiety, rapid mood changes and threats of violence. While reports vary, there is also evidence that marital difficulties can arise following a brain injury too as both partners can struggle to adapt to changes in personality and circumstances.

Once a patient is medically stable and consciousness has started to recover, drugs may be used to help control a range of symptoms.  In principle, rehabilitation tends to be concerned with reducing and tailing off drug treatment rather than introducing new drugs. Find more about the sort of drug regimes that may be prescribed in the document below.

TBI & Drug Treatment (278.1 KiB)

You can find our brief guide to brain injury below.

A Guide To Brain Injury (852.0 KiB)