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What are the symptoms of brain trauma?

After a crash, it is possible to suffer from brain injuries. The harder the impact, the more likely you are to suffer from such trauma. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in particular often require immediate medical attention.

In order to know how serious your injury is, you should know the signs of a TBI in the first place.

Physical signs of TBIs

Mayo Clinic takes a look at potential signs of traumatic brain injuries. The symptoms might be behavioral, mental or physical. In most cases, people will experience a mix of all three. Again, this can depend on the intensity of the injury itself, as well as its location.

The physical symptoms often come first or are the easiest to pick out. For example, a victim might exhibit disorders of consciousness including comatose states. They could also leak clear fluid from their ears or nose. They might also suffer from nerve disorders and head pain. Nerve disorders can include numbness in the hands and feet. Head pain will likely increase over time.

How mental and behavioral signs tie together

Mental and behavioral effects often go hand in hand. For example, head trauma can leave a victim confused and unable to recall things in the short term. This confusion and lack of time perception may lead to temper tantrums, panic attacks, fear or lashing out at others. Victims often insist they are fine and may get angry with people who try to “force” them to see a doctor. They will likely struggle to remember the events surrounding their accident, too.

Regardless of symptom severity, it is important to seek medical help after a crash. They are the only ones capable of giving a solid diagnosis.