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Cognitive symptoms can be a source of great frustration both for the survivor and caregivers. These symptoms are related to intellect, language, memory, mental organization, and more. Some cognitive symptoms include:

  • Loss of short-term or long-term memory

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Confusion

  • Slowed thinking

  • Reduced organizational skills

  • Difficulty completing tasks

  • Impaired judgment

  • Short attention span

  • Lack of initiative

Emotional and behavioral symptoms also require a great deal of patience and understanding from the survivor’s loved ones. These symptoms can be a direct consequence of the brain injury or develop as a result of the patient’s emotional struggle dealing with his impairments. Emotional/behavioral symptoms include:

  • Aggression

  • Mood swings

  • Depression or withdrawal

  • Loss of interest in activities

  • Impulsive behavior

  • Lack of sexual inhibition

  • Restlessness

  • Increased frustration

Any of these symptoms can affect other symptoms. Even mild symptoms can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively at work, in personal relationships, and in daily life.

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