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What type of effects can brain injuries cause?

Brain injuries can affect every aspect of a person's life. While many people might focus on the cognitive and physical effects of a brain injury, some brain injury victims might also suffer from emotional effects of the injury. All of these effects can come together to cause dramatic changes in the victim's life. Additionally, they can also cause dramatic changes for their loved ones. Understanding some points about how the brain injury can affect each of these areas might help those coping with a brain injury.

What are the cognitive effects of a brain injury?

Some people who have a brain injury might experience difficulties with cognitive function. While the exact effects depend on the location of the brain injury, issues with concentration, memory and understanding spoken words might all occur. It is possible that delays in learning and an altered thought process may also occur.

What are the physical effects of a brain injury?

Paralysis is one possible physical effect of an injury to the brain. As is the case with cognitive effects, the actual physical effects of a brain injury will depend on the area of the brain affected. In some cases, physical effects of a brain injury are only temporary. Therapy might be necessary to help the person learn to cope with the physical effects of a brain injury.

What are the emotional effects of a brain injury?

Emotional effects from a brain injury can often be the most difficult to understand. In some cases, the emotional effects are because of the difficulties caused by the cognitive and physical effects of the brain injury. The brain injury victim might become agitated or frustrated when he or she can't communicate as he or she is accustomed to communicating. This, in turn, can grate on the patience of the loved ones who are helping to care for the brain injury victim.

The effects of a brain injury can sometimes be managed with therapy and other treatment options. For a person who has a brain injury and is unable to work, this can be difficult because finances might be tight. Seeking compensation might help them to cover the costs associated with medical care, therapy and treatments.

Source: BrainInjuryInstitute.org, "The Effects of a Brain Injury," accessed April. 08, 2015

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