Brain injury brings a new understanding, an altered reality

Posted by Kerrie Denner

( Reading about March's Brain Injury Awareness events, I was reminded that an inability to follow more than one- or two-step commands is a common cognitive impairment that people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) get to live with. Other cognitive experiences include coma, confusion, shortened attention span, short- and long-term memory problems, difficulty making plans and decisions, and problems with judgment and concentration. Brain injuries also often bring an inability to understand abstract concepts, a loss of sense of time and space, trouble with direction, decreased awareness of self and others, speech problems and trouble coming up with the right words. Physical leftovers often include fatigue, visual or hearing impairment, loss of taste, clumsiness, seizures or hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body). You can find a full list of TBI hangovers -- including many psychosocial impacts -- on the various brain injury websites.