More Public Awareness of Brain Injury Symptoms Needed
Many people simply don’t realise many of the lifelong effects that brain injury can have. In fact, I think that only those people whose lives have been destroyed by brain injury and its effects could ever really have that awareness.
For example, the cognitive functions of someone with a brain injury may be so compromised that they end up acting inappropriately, as if the person with the injury has reverted back to their teenage years.
So their loved ones see every day how their friend, lover, family member, mother, brother, wife, husband, father or child is changed forever.
They’ll be forever aware of how an injury to the brain is an injury that never goes away, and how hard it is to live with the lifelong effects.
This lack of wider public awareness may stem partly from how brain injury is portrayed in TV and films. Soaps and movies often have people suffering blows to the head as if it’s nothing and waking up and everything is fine.
Even if they’re in a coma, they come out of it within weeks and carry on as if the head and brain injury had never happened.
So it’s no surprise really that many people don’t link the more subtle after-effects of a brain injury, such as difficulty concentrating or fatigue, to the injury itself.