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Caring for someone with a brain injury

The brain is a delicate organ that can be injured in any number of ways including sports injuries, car accidents, falling objects, and infections. The key to managing brain injuries is to control what you can, namely how you treat yourself after incurring the injury. Major brain damage symptoms may develop after the accident event because the victim did not take proper care with returning to their routine. Your brain requires rest and relaxation to put itself back together after a major injury.

Treating mild brain injuries usually means managing the symptoms like pain relievers to handle headaches. However, this does not mean that you can pop a pill and be done with the process. It is difficult to draw a direct line between "mild" and "severe" brain injuries. Often it is possible for an apparently mild concussion to develop into a severe brain injury. Usually, this will not occur without some initial warning signs.

The brain is a fascinating organ because it controls everything that makes a person who they are. A major injury to the brain can change that person's behavior. In fact, it is these changes in behavior that are the key to noticing if a brain injury is more severe than initially diagnosed. Pay attention for moments of intense anger, sadness or confusion that are atypical for the person injured. These could be signs of a more serious problem.

Severe brain injuries threaten the person's life, so treatment is divided into two phases: stabilization and rehabilitation. Stabilization is limited to ensuring that major body functions remain operational. Rehabilitation happens after the person is stabilized and focuses on helping the victim recover their mental faculties.

Brain injuries are dangerous and require that you take proper care of yourself to ensure that it does not develop into something more serious. It is more important that you focus on your recovery than on any educational or employment pursuits. There is always time for work later, once you are healed. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury, then you may want to consult with a lawyer to review your rights. Brain injuries are serious, but you don't have to go through them alone.

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