According to the Mayo Clinic, “traumatic brain injury [TBI] is usually the result of a sudden, violent blow to the head — which launches the brain on a collision course with the inside of the skull. This collision can bruise the brain, tear nerve fibers and cause bleeding.”
The resulting symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating. Mild traumatic brain injury symptoms include brief unconsciousness, amnesia, headache, confusion, dizziness, sensory problems, mood changes, and memory problems. However, the symptoms of moderate or severe traumatic injury grow progressively worse: persistent headaches, vomiting and nausea, seizures, dilation of one or more pupils, weakness, loss of coordination, confusion, agitation, and lack of ability to wake up. Treatment options for traumatic brain injury include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, neuropsychological therapy, and social support.
However, there is another aspect to traumatic brain injury in women: domestic violence. Some researchers have started to look at the prevalence of traumatic brain injury in abused women.
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