If you have read the blog enough you know that concussions not only have an immediate and short-term consequences, but lasting effects. With any injury this is the case, however the sequelae of each injury is far less known. What is becoming more apparent is that bashing your brain around can cause not only physical issues (balance, dizziness, etc.) and cognitive impairments, but emotional/social changes that are much more difficult to define.
As we all remember growing up, and if you have kids of certain age, adolescents seem to go through personality changes as the hormones begin to set in and the transition to adulthood begins. It would be fairly easy to dismiss subtle changes in a person and chalk it up as “teenagers”. However, there are cases that can be attributed to the mismanagement of concussions; not allowing for the proper recovery of the injury.
One such instance has been highlighted by the Daily Item – of northeast Pennsylvania – written by Todd Stanford; a case involving a girl’s soccer player. We all should know that concussions happen in every sport and soccer is near the top of the list. Along with that we have discussed that girls seem to exhibit different sequelae compared to their boy counterparts.
Here are the excerpts from the article;
Alexia’s second concussion proved disastrous. She suffered severe headaches and could no longer attend school. Then a sophomore, Alexia also went through a personality change.
“The (concussion) really did her in,” her mother says.
“She’s been in therapy for a year. She’s still not the same; I’m not quite sure she’ll ever be the same.
“The two months following (the second concussion) were horrific. It was like a stranger living in my house. … We’ve had to have her committed twice.”
Although Alexia’s plight is troubling there are lessons to be learned from this case. It is unclear after her first concussion whether she had the proper management approach to allow for full healing. What is clear is that her personality changes have not only had an effect on her but everyone around her.
Concussions are not only an injury that can be felt by the injured person, but it is truly a systemic injury, that seems invisible to the naked eye, that provide challenges to every person around those that are concussed.