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    What are the symptoms of a brain injury?

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    Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological … View Profile

    Acquired brain injury can manifest in a number of ways.  These may include the following areas:

    1. Motor e.g. tremor, paralysis, weakness
    2. Sensory e.g. blindness, deafness,
    3. Cognitive e.g. memory, attention, problem solving
    4. Communication e.g. speaking, comprehending
    5. Emotional e.g. depression, anxiety, lability
    6. Behaviour e.g. impulsivity, aggression
    Every brain is different and every brain injury is different so there are an infinite number of possible manifestations of brain injury. 

    Different parts of the brain support different functions, so the particular symptoms of a brain injury will depend on which areas of the brain are affected.

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    Brain Injury Australia (BIA) represents all Australians with acquired brain injury (ABI) whatever the cause. BIA was formed at the first national community-based conference on … View Profile

    Brain injury has dramatically different effects on different people. When the brain is injured, people can experience a range of disabilities that will affect them physically as well as affecting how they think, feel and behave. People with a brain injury may have difficulty controlling, coordinating and communicating their thoughts and actions but generally retain their intellectual abilities.

    There are five areas in which people with ABI may experience long-term changes:

    • Changes in physical and sensory abilities
    • Changes in the ability to think and learn (cognition)
    • Changes in behaviour and personality (psychological)
    • Communication difficulties.

    How serious these changes are, such as a person becoming more impulsive or getting lost easily, may only become clear over time.

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    A/Prof John Fuller

    Neurosurgeon (Brain and Spine)

    Dr Fuller graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1987. He undertook neurosurgical training in Sydney at the Prince of Wales, Sydney Children’s … View Profile

    The particular location of the insult in the brain will determine the specific symptoms that the patient will present with such as weakness of an arm or leg, problems with speech, vision memory, cognition or personality.

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