Concussion: Getting your recovery right


Pretty obviously big injuries like a stroke or a head injury that requires brain surgery and a long stay in hospital will probably significantly affect how clearly and quickly you can think at least for a while.

But brains don’t really like smaller injuries either. We now realise that some concussions, can result in changes in how smoothly brains function.

What changes after concussion?

  • Immediately following a concussion people can notice foggy thinking, slowed thinking and feelings of frustration and something being not quite right.
  • Sometimes people find they experience an emotional reaction, feeling more easily frustrated or having less confidence than before.
  • Fatigue, headaches and neck pain can also present difficulties.

It can be really hard to work out expectations about how fast or well you should recover.

In the 21st century our brains are called on as never before. At work multimedia mobile technology, tight time frames, it’s all go go go! Out of work, emotional stress, partying too hard, poor sleep.

So it is not uncommon to experience lapses in thinking, trouble remembering things …
Thinking, working or studying is supposed to be hard, right?

Well yes, but only up to a point.

Brains have limits. They don’t like being shaken, banged around or having too many long nights out with lots of partying.

Is it important to have a formal diagnosis?

Correct diagnosis of Post Concussive Syndrome is important to guide the recovery process. Too often it is tempting to go straight back to study, to playing sports and to late nights and lots of blue screen time.

This can result in initially feeling worse rather than better.

If you think you’ve had a recent concussion it is really important to let your doctor give you a medical assessment before you go back to activities especially sports.

Recovery from concussions should be relatively quick and effortless. This does not happen so easily sometimes. but if things aren’t resolving it is definitely time to seek further support and assessment.

How could a Neuropsychologist assist me?

Here at Attuned we take concussion and changes in thinking clarity very seriously.

  • We can identify difficulties with brain skills like concentration or memory problems that follow on from brain injuries.
  • We can provide strategies and work with you through recovery pathways.
  • We are sensitive to the emotional consequences of these problems too: frustration, anxiety and low self-worth.

So if you’re concerned about your academic progress, it is important to reach out. Discuss your worries and there is often a very achievable solution. Contact us here to arrange an appointment.

Just a reminder though Attuned does not provide medio-legal reports for court cases involving concussion and or permanent brain injury.

Catherine Cheetham,

Clinical Neuropsychologist.

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