The brain is the control centre for everything we think feel and do. It is a somewhat fragile structure encased in a hard shell (the skull) so it is not surprising that any injury to the head can result in brain damage. Any damage to the brain can have profound and devastating effects on a person’s ability to manage their life.

Brain injury is often known as the ‘hidden disability’ because the problems which arise from an injury to the brain are not always obvious to another person. Other people can see and often understand the limitations caused by a physical disability, but difficulties with thinking skills and behavioural changes are often misunderstood.

Some of the most common difficulties experienced following a brain injury are:

 

lack of insight  Loss of physical sensations
 Personality changes  Poor concentration
 Inappropriate behaviour  Lack of initiative
 Poor memory  Fatigue
 Slow or slurred speech  Physical disabilities
 Overly talkative  Slowed responses
 Poor perception, recognition and judgement  
 Inability to understand and communicate  
 Poor planning and problem solving skills  
   

 

Understandably if you experience one or more of the above difficulties, it will affect how you manage your day-today life. Even mild brain injury can change your ability to work and your lifestyle.