The brain is divided into a number of different sections and each has its own functions. The combination of symptoms that a person with a brain injury experiences therefore depends upon the part of the brain that has been damaged. People with a brain injury present with different parts of the brain damaged, this is why each person’s condition and symptoms are unique to them.
The damaged parts of the brain may also be damaged in different severity depending upon the circumstances and the cause of the original brain injury, therefore the importance of carefully assessing each person in an individual and person centred manner cannot be overstated.
Headaches | Feelings of Dizziness. Nausea / Vomiting | Easily upset by noises | Difficulties coordinating balance | Blurred vision | Seizures | Changes in sensory perception | Difficulties speaking or swallowing | Changes in sleep patterns | Lack of bowel or bladder control | Changes in sexual function | Motor impairment (trouble moving body normally) | Fatigue
Functional / Emotional Changes
Personality changes | Difficulties forming sentences or choosing vocabulary | Confusion | Trouble communicating | Difficulties with reason, focus, logic | Memory impairments | Depression | Poor concentration | Mood swings | Limited attention span | Disorientation | Difficulties remembering conversations, general forgetfulness | Acting inappropriately