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What are some hidden signs of a traumatic brain injury?

In the days following a car crash or a sudden fall, you may begin to notice signs that your body and mind are not the same as before.

Traumatic brain injuries can affect your everyday life, including how you perform at your job and how you interact with others. Learning about the signs of these injuries can help you decide what to do next.

Frequent changes in consciousness

According to the Mayo Clinic, if you struggle with fainting or losing consciousness at times, it may be a sign of a traumatic brain injury. Even milder feelings of confusion or disorientation as you go about your life can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Dizziness is a common side effect as well.

Noticing an increase in restless sleeping habits can also impact your life. Being unable to fall asleep or sleeping for too long are more signs of brain trauma.

Communication issues

Your behavior and mental state can also change after a traumatic brain injury. Feeling more irritable or angry than usual can often happen. Your friends and family may also notice signs that you are acting differently than you did before, such as not picking up on conversational cues in casual conversations or failing to speak clearly to others.

Understanding the emotions of other people and nonverbal cues are important parts of communication and connecting with others. A traumatic brain injury may leave you feeling lost when talking with other people. Knowing the signs of this injury can help you if you find yourself feeling scatterbrained or unorganized after a crash or other problem.