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Recognizing the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Last updated 3 years ago

Traumatic brain injury occurs when an impact on the head disrupts normal brain functioning. It’s important to react quickly if you suspect you or someone you love has suffered this kind of injury, as early treatment can help reduce complications. Would you recognize the signs of a traumatic brain injury if you saw them? If any of these symptoms occur after a head trauma, seek emergency medical treatment right away.


Unconsciousness is not only a sign of traumatic brain injury, but can also be an indicator of the severity of the injury. With a mild traumatic brain injury—also known as a concussion—sufferers may experience no unconsciousness or unconsciousness that lasts for less than 30 minutes. Moderate traumatic brain injury usually causes unconsciousness that lasts for more than 30 minutes. People with severe traumatic brain injuries are usually unconscious for more than 24 hours.

Memory Problems

Issues with memory are very common after a traumatic brain injury. Patients may not remember the injury itself or events up to about 24 hours before the injury. They may also struggle to retain new information. As the brain recovers, patients may reclaim some memory and their ability to remember new information.

Emotional Changes

After a brain injury, it’s common for patients to experience changes in their emotions. They may be more easily angered or may become more emotional. Changes in sleeping patterns may also occur, along with confusion or disorientation. These personality changes will often be reversed when the brain heals.

Even a mild brain injury is serious, so visit the ER at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for emergency treatment and transfer to our neurology department if necessary. Our ER offers comprehensive care 24 hours a day, with complete access to all of our hospital services. To learn more about our ER or for a referral to a physician, call (888) 741-5119. 


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