The Short and Long Term Concussion Effects

Concussions happen more frequently in the everyday world than one might think. In fact, according to the CDC, simple falls accounted for almost half (49%) of all concussion-like injuries for children under 17 and for adults over 65 years old. Oftentimes, those who experience falls don’t believe that they have suffered a concussion, but their symptoms can definitely say otherwise. Here are several short- and long-term concussion symptoms to look out for when someone in your life suffers a blow to the head. Watching out for these symptoms and getting them checked out quickly may save you trouble in the future.

Short-Term Effects

The short-term effects of concussions can appear at different times after having suffered a head injury. Some symptoms appear immediately while others can take a couple of hours after the incident to appear. These physical effects can include headaches, dizziness, and lightheadedness. Other short-term physical effects are more intense and include nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and even difficulty with coordination. While most of us recognize that there are physical effects from concussions or head injuries, we often overlook the potential emotional effects that can occur as well. Short-term emotional effects from concussions can include depression, mood swings, fear of future harm or injury, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, aggressive behavior, and frustration. If you notice any of these physical or emotional symptoms after suffering a blow to the head, be sure to get them checked out and cared for to avoid problems down the road.

Long-Term Effects

The long-term effects of a concussion aren’t as common, but they are far more serious. Getting hit (or falling) hard enough in the head can lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI). When left untreated, TBI can lead to negative, long-term physical effects such as an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, immediate memory loss, trouble with verbal communication, and trouble reasoning. It also has long-term emotional effects such as depression, personality changes, social inappropriateness, and aggression. If you’ve suffered a head injury and still notice some of these long-term symptoms, get them checked out. Have a medical professional take a look, even if you’ve already gone for short-term symptoms already. Some people don’t realize the severity of their head injury until after serious complications arise. Your health is invaluable, and it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to head injuries.

Be Cautious, and Ask for Help If Needed

Concussions aren’t uncommon and head injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere. Some activities pose more potential risks for head injuries than others (such as playing football or working on construction sites). However, no matter what you may be doing, it is smart to be aware of your surroundings and keep safety in mind. If you have suffered a head injury and are unsure about the seriousness of it, don’t hesitate to reach out. We listen carefully to every client and consider their personal situations. Our process always starts with you, and we want ensure your health and safety. It’s better to start the recovery process as soon as possible!

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