Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have a profound impact on the health of their victims. They can alter your conscious state and even affect your nerves. These impacts can end up exacerbated if left unchecked, too.
Thus, one of the most important things you can do when treating TBIs is to identify them quickly. This allows you to treat them in a timely fashion, lowering the long-term impact they can create.
Physical and mental signs
Mayo Clinic looks into potential red flags of TBIs. They often fall into one of three categories: physical, mental and emotional signs. Physical signs often serve as the easiest to spot. They have a wide range, including everything from nausea to migraines to altered states of consciousness. These signs serve as the first point in which most outside parties realize the victim has a concussion.
Mentally, confusion will likely serve as your biggest red flag. Can the victim remember how the accident happened? Do they know what they were just doing? Can they recall their location and why they are there? If they cannot easily answer these questions, this might be the cause of a TBI.
Emotional red flags
Finally, TBIs even manifest in an emotional way. Many victims suffer from increased agitation and anger, leading to them lashing out at those trying to help. They can also feel easily overwhelmed by their own emotions. This can cause them to have breakdowns even in public, including “temper tantrums” or fits of crying.
If you notice such symptoms, seek immediate medical aid. This fast action might be the only thing standing between your loved one and the possibility of long-term damage.