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What is TBI?

A TBI occurs when a person experiences a sudden and significant head trauma, causing damage to the brain. There can be mild, moderate, and severe symptoms of a TBI.


Symptoms

-Mild

-May or may not experience:

-Brief loss of consciousness

-Headache

-Confusion

-Lightheadedness

-Dizziness

-Blurred vision or tired eyes

-Ringing in the ears

-Bad taste in the mouth

-Fatigue or lethargy

-Change in sleep patterns

-Behavioral or mood changes

-Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking

-Moderate to Severe

-Similar symptoms in addition to:

-Worsening headache

-Vomiting or nausea

-Convulsions or seizures

-Inability to awaken from sleep

-Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes

-Slurred speech

-Weakness or numbness in the extremities

-Loss of coordination

-Increased confusion

-Restlessness

-Agitation


What To Do

It’s important to receive help immediately if you have experience a head trauma that may be a TBI. Visit your doctor as soon as possible to prevent serious brain damage and stabilize the injury.

All information taken from:

NIMH - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2017). Traumatic Brain Injury. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Government Printing Office.