After a head injury caused by a car accident, it’s not uncommon for a person to have some problems with his or her behavior. Survivors may have a number of neurological symptoms, some of which could change the person’s personality or behaviors. Some common symptoms of a brain injury include a loss of impulse control, poor concentration and judgment deficits; if you notice these in yourself or someone else after a head injury, then know that it’s a neurological condition that may change over time and that it can be monitored and treated in therapy.
Even someone who has a positive recovery from a brain injury can suffer from personality changes. Someone who was once happy and cheerful may seem less so now and even be more negative than before. Families and friends of these individuals should attempt to avoid criticizing the person for these changes; there is little that can be done to reverse the effects immediately, and anger or frustration won’t help in the short term.
Memory problems are another potential concern. If someone struggles with memory retention, then that person may struggle with focus and concentration. Distractions may pull them off topic or make it seem like they aren’t listening. To help with this problem, try to keep a daily routine. Use labels to identify important items or parts of the home. Even use name tags if it will help the individual overcome the memory deficit.
Our website has more information about brain injuries and what you can do if you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident. You don’t have to struggle with this hard time on your own.