Writted by Joselyn Harris

What is Traumatic Brain Injury you ask? Traumatic Brain Injury is brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head. It can affect how you think, how to feel, how it behaves, how it moves and what it remembers. An example of acquired brain injury is traumatic brain injury. A head injury is defined as a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that alters brain function. Traumatic brain injury each year to leave 80,000 to 90,000 disabled people in the United States. People may experience headache that can be persistent, difficulty concentrating, mental confusion, inability to speak or understand, inability to recognize common things, amnesia, inability to create new memories, or difficulty thinking and understanding. Behavioral symptoms are abnormal laughing and crying, lack of restraint, irritability, persistent repetition of words or actions, aggression, and impulsivity. Moods are usually loneliness, anger, or apathy. Visual symptoms are sensitivity to light or blurred vision. Sensory symptoms are sensitivity to sound or loss of smell. Speech might be impaired voice or slurred speech. Psychological effects are anxiety or depression. How do we prevent traumatic brain injury? Remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs and clutter in walkways. Using non slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower. Installing handrails on both sides of staircase. Improving lighting throughout the home. Maintain a regular physical activity program, if your doctor agrees, to improve lower body strength and balance. Wearing a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Never driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In conclusion, be careful and take care of yourself!

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