Las Vegas Brain Injury Blog
The result published in a Cambridge University Press article (2010) entitled Long Term Cognitive and Emotional Consequences of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury reveals Mild TBI
"individuals had significant impairments in all cognitive domains compared to the healthy control subjects. The sizes of cognitive deficits were medium to large, and could not be accounted for by self-perceived deficits, depression, compensation claims or negative response bias. BDI scores were significantly higher in the patient group, and three patients fulfilled DSM-IV criteria for a mild episode of major depression.
Conclusions. Primarily, well-recovered individuals who had sustained a minor trauma more than half a decade ago continue to have long-term cognitive and emotional sequelae relevant for everyday social and professional life. mTBI may lead to a lasting disruption of neurofunctional circuits not detectable by standard structural MRI and needs to be taken seriously in clinical and forensic evaluations."
The NY Times published an article about a writer who sustained an otherwise "mild" traumatic brain injury and suffered long term consequences. Read the article A Brain Injury Discovered by clicking here.
"It didn’t occur to me to connect my symptoms with a minor accident I’d had in May, when I fell off my bike onto the grass, crunching my helmet. (At my checkup, the doctor and I had discussed this and another fall I’d taken, noting the curiosity that when you’re young you “fall,” but when you’re older you “have a fall.”)
But when there’s something wrong with your head, I’ve discovered, you may have no way of knowing there is something wrong with your head. And that Catch-22 can prove fatal.
Why Long Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury Are Serious
Even if you feel like a trauma leaves you in a state of confusion which may go away, it is important to consider long term consequences. Many people in car accidents feel they are flustered or in shock when they really have symptoms related to traumatic brain injury.
If you find after discharge from the Emergency Room that your fogginess or confusion does not subside quickly, you should consult a personal injury attorney who specializes in understanding and representing brain injured clients to advise you of your options. You should be directed to appropriate health providers who can evaluate your condition and decide if additional tests or therapy are required.