A concussion can lead to a variety of effects that will impact your activities of daily living (ADLs).While many of these effects are short-term, some people will experience long-term effects from their concussion.
Cognitive is a term used to describe thought processing and thinking. Cognitive effects of concussion can include memory problems, changes in judgement and planning skills, and poor attention/focus.
After a concussion, you may experience physical challenges that impact your activities of daily living (ADLs). Physical effects of concussion can include headaches, balance problems, fatigue, and sensitivities.
A person may exhibit different behaviours after a concussion that are uncharacteristic or new. These can be short or long-term. Behavioural effects of concussion can include depression, anger, impulsivity and social dysfunction.
A person’s emotions and ability to process emotions may change after a concussion. They may experience grief, mood swings, and more.
Any questions about the effects of concussion should be directed to a primary care doctor or neuro specialist. If you are looking for local supports, find your closest brain injury association.