What are the effects of a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur when something outside the body hits the head with significant force. Whether it is a head hitting the windshield during a car accident, an impact from a fall, or impact from a blast, head injuries received during sports or other recreational activities , or trauma from a nearby blast or explosion, TBI can cause changes in a person’s ability to think, control emotions, walk, or speak, and can also affect sense of sight or hearing.
TBI can be mild to severe. Mild traumatic brain injury refers to brief changes in or loss of consciousness. Severe traumatic brain injury refers to longer periods of unconsciousness and memory loss around the event. While it may be easier to diagnose moderate to severe TBI, changes caused by any TBI could significantly affect many areas of a person’s life.
Physical effects of TBI may include:
- Difficulty speaking
- Blurry eyesight
- Hearing Problems
- Fatigue or loss of energy
Mental effects may include:
- Becomming easily angry
- Trouble thinking
- Easily Frustrated
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling sad or anxious.
- Drinking more alcohol or using illegal drugs
- Smoking more often
- Not feeling yourself
TBI can be treated or the effects lessened. For support with a TBI, in addition to your filing a claim for benefits, other resources are available.
Outreach Center for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Support
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) has established an Outreach Center to provide TBI resources to Veterans and others. The Center can provide personalized information about symptoms and recommend resources in your area.
VA Medical Center Facility Locator
This website will allow you to search for VA programs located near you. If you are eligible to receive care through the Veterans Health Administration, you can enroll in one of VA’s TBI treatment programs.