Brain injuries can lead to a plethora of effects. Some of these are physical changes, but others are cognitive. It’s sometimes more difficult to deal with cognitive changes because they’re invisible. This makes it hard for others to know you’re having troubles because of your injury.
Working through the cognitive impacts of a traumatic brain injury can be challenging, but with persistence and the right strategies, it is possible to make progress.
Common cognitive troubles that can occur because of a TBI
Memory problems might make it difficult for you to remember new information, past events or even day-to-day tasks. At work, this can make it hard to complete tasks. Accommodations, such as written instructions, may be beneficial in these cases.
Concentration and attention difficulties could lead to trouble focusing on tasks, following instructions or multitasking. Sticking to one task at a time could help you to remain on track to complete projects.
You may also face challenges in problem-solving and decision-making, affecting your ability to think critically, analyze situations and make well-informed choices. Having someone to help you with these tasks may make it easier to make an appropriate choice.
Language and communication issues could arise, such as struggling to find the right words, understanding spoken or written language or expressing your thoughts clearly. Taking the time to think about what you want to say and asking people to speak slowly and clearly may be beneficial.
Recovering from a TBI can be a complex undertaking. Having the assistance of a good medical care team is beneficial. The care you need will likely be costly, so consider seeking compensation for the injury to help offset the financial impact and the damage to your family.