Traumatic brain injuries are more common than you may think. Every year, at least 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries in the United States alone. These injuries often contribute to death, with around 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths being caused by traumatic brain injuries.
The age groups that suffer most from these injuries tend to be adolescents between 15 and 19 along with those ages 65 and older. Males are also more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury than females, as of a report from 2010.
Traumatic brain injuries can result in a multitude of problems. Symptoms like dizziness, nausea, paralysis or paresis, dyspraxia, and impairments in movements are common. Seizures, a loss of consciousness, and headaches can also result when you’re suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
You may also suffer from changes in the way you think. You may have more trouble problem solving or setting goals. You could have trouble paying attention to tasks or concentrating. Communication deficits are common, and you could struggle with understanding speech or being able to talk effectively.
One of the more common issues that results from a traumatic brain injury is a change in behavior. You could suddenly suffer from agitation or irritability, depression, or anxiety due to the extent of your injuries.
Source: American Speech-Language Hearing Association, “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI),” accessed April 06, 2016