In many ways, surviving an accident is just one step toward the overall process of recovering from an accident. Whether you were in a vehicle accident or you slipped and fell at the grocery store, your injury could include a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
While you may associate TBIs with symptoms like paralysis, a full spectrum of injuries and symptoms could lead to a traumatic brain injury diagnosis. After an accident, it is essential to watch for signs that could indicate you had a brain injury.
These are some of the most overlooked symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.
Change in sleep patterns
Accidents can be stressful. If you have injuries in other areas of your body, you could be facing a long road to recovery. You may also be unable to work or do some of the activities you enjoyed before your accident.
There may be many reasons you dismiss a change in your sleep pattern after your accident, but you should be slow to ignore these changes. Whether you are having difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual, these changes could indicate you suffered a brain injury in your accident.
Change in attitude or behavior
When you have a brain injury, you could also experience mood swings or other dramatic shifts in how you behave and think. You could experience symptoms such as:
- Depressed mood
- Disinhibition and risky behavior
- Lack of impulse control
- Verbal or physical outbursts
- Lack of emotion
Similar to the changes in sleep patterns, these symptoms might be easy for you to dismiss. Still, your friends and family may notice a difference. If you think your behaviors have changed, you should talk to a trusted friend and consult with a physician to learn more about your symptoms.
Keep in mind, you may need to rely on your loved ones to mention changes they have noticed in your sleep and other behavior. It can be easier to dismiss your symptoms, but the people who see you regularly are more likely to notice a difference.