After brain injury

Getting Back to Normal

When can normal activity resume?

This will depend on the seriousness of the injury. Be sure to wait until all symptoms are gone. After a mild concussion, some people can resume normal activity almost immediately. Ask a doctor how long to wait after symptoms are gone.

POTENTIAL DEFICITS

Physical Impairments

  • Physical Impairments
  • Speech, vision and other sensory impairments
  • Headaches
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Paralysis
  • Seizure disorders
  • Sleep problems
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorder)
  • Dysarthgia (a disorder of articulation and muscular/motor control of speech)
  • Cognitive Impairments

Short and long term memory impairments

  • Slowness of thinking
  • Problems with reading and writing skills
  • Difficulty maintaining attention and concentration
  • Impairments of perception, communication, reasoning, problem solving, planning, sequencing and judgment

Behavioral Impairments

  • Mood swings
  • Denial
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Lowered self esteem
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Restlessness or impatience
  • Lack of motivation
  • Inability to self monitor, inappropriate social responses
  • Difficulty with emotional control and anger management
  • Inability to cope
  • Excessive laughing or crying
  • Difficulty relating to others
  • Irritability and/or anger
  • Agitation
  • Abrupt and unexpected acts of violence
  • Delusions, paranoia, mania