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Head injury

Head injury is also known as traumatic brain injury. This is when the brain tissue has been damaged due to trauma. This can be a blow to the head, damage caused by lack of oxygen to the brain during birth or a stroke. It can also be caused by brain tumours and/or the treatments used for brain tumours.

The symptoms experienced can be variable between people and often subtle.

Common problems include:

  • Poor memory
  • Lack of concentration and attention levels
  • Problem solving difficulties
  • Diminished understanding
  • Speech difficulties
  • Difficulty expressing themselves
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in sexual interest
  • Vision problems
  • Irritation and angry outbursts
  • Lack of tolerance
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Inappropriate behaviour in social functions

This page was last updated at 3:36PM on June 12, 2018.