Head Injuries : What to expect after the incident
Head injuries can cause surprising changes in the afflicted person. Our medical understanding of the human brain still has a long way to go. So when things go wrong it can be difficult for science and doctors explain.
A head injury can cause people to develop a whole host of unusual symptoms.
Read on to find out about just a few of them.
Amnesia often occurs due to a blow to the head. This could be as a result of things like car crashes or sports injuries. It is the loss of, or the inability to recall, information that is stored in the memory
Amnesia is often included as part of story lines in books and movies. It can also be glamorised or even used for comic effect.
In reality, it’s a very serious injury and can massively affect a person’s life. A guilty perpetrator has to be looked into by both a head injury attorney and the police.
In many cases, it will involve a long road to recovery.
For some people, the ability to make new memories is lost forever. For others, gradual improvements can be seen after lots of repetition.
Amnesia caused by physical damage can harder to recover from. This is because parts of the brain which held the stored information may actually be gone. However, some areas around it may have just suffered a shock and may recover over time or with the use of medication.
2. Foreign Accent Syndrome
Foreign accent syndrome is a speech disorder which can be caused by a head injury. An afflicted person’s speech can suddenly change to an accent elsewhere in the world to where the individual grew up.
Interestingly the speech is still clear and remains highly intelligible. However, the timing, intonation and tongue placement changes so that speech is perceived as sounding foreign.
There have been many cases of this happening around the world. You can to listen to real life examples on Youtube to learn more.
3. Personality Change
In extreme cases, a head injury can result in a complete change in personality. When certain areas of the brain are damaged, a person’s emotions and empathy can be affected.
Damage to other areas can cause memory impairment, agitation, volatile emotions, verbal and physical aggression, and impaired impulse control.
Our personality is made up of so many different factors. Hence damage to any of the affected areas can cause a substantial change in a person’s temperament.
To make matters worse, brain injury can also cause mental health problems. These include anxiety, post traumatic shock disorder, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
4. Early Onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Certain types of head injuries have been shown to increase the risk of developing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) later in life.
The risk appears usually after a severe head injury that knocks you out for more than twenty-four hours. However less serious head injuries and whiplash can also play a part.
The inflammation that occurs following head injury can encourage the formation of ‘plaques and tangles’ in the brain. These are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.
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