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Here are some ways you may be affected by your acquired brain injury. Remember you are not alone and we are here to help you with practical tools and strategies to manage these issues.

Physically

You may not be as strong as you were before your injury and you may tire more easily. Sight and hearing can also be affected after the injury.

Talking in a group

Too much noise can be difficult after a brain injury. It can be tiring trying to hear and concentrate on a conversation in a noisy environment. It can be hard to filter out so many sounds. Quieter environments with less people may be better for you.

Organising your life

Many people after brain injury find their ability to plan and problem solve is not as good as it was before the injury.

Memory

Difficulties with memory are extremely common after brain injury. You may have problems learning new information or remembering details of recent events or recalling day to day things to do. But you may have no difficulty remembering events that happened long ago.

Making decisions

Weighing up information and working out the best decision can be harder. You may find yourself more rigid or more impulsive or you may be unable to make decisions under pressure.

Speech and language

You may have problems speaking as fast as before. You may find it difficult to say what you are thinking or you might not be able to put the words in order. It may be harder to start or join in a conversation or understand what others are saying. You may find yourself rambling or getting off topic easily. Understanding what’s going on could be harder for you. You might need to ask questions to understand a situation that before would have been clear to you.

Concentration

You may find it hard to pay attention to more than one thing or for long periods of time. You may find yourself being easily distracted which can also lead to feeling restless. Poor concentration can result in difficulty finishing a project or working on more than one thing at a time. It can give you problems with long conversations.

Fatigue

Thinking, listening and talking may tire you much more easily. Every brain is different so every brain injury is unique to each individual affected. For this reason your brain injury and how it affects you will be different to another person who has also acquired a brain injury.

 

To learn more about how to manage your brain injury, see I need support.

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