A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully hit or when the head is violently shaken. Concussions are often mild and can heal within a couple of weeks, however, some concussions can be more severe and take several months or even years to heal. Concussions can have short- and long-term effects. The short-term effects of concussions can include headaches, dizziness, and confusion. The long-term effects of a concussion can cause changes with memory, personality, mood, and sleep patterns.
Concussions can have a lasting impact on cognitive functioning. A cognitive concussion affects memory, thinking, and learning. This can make it hard to concentrate, remember things, and make decisions. Symptoms of a cognitive concussion can include confusion, headaches, disorientation and dizziness. Treatment for a cognitive concussion typically focuses on managing symptoms and helping the person gradually return to their regular activities.
Cognitive therapy is often used as a treatment method for those who have suffered concussions. This therapy focuses on memory, attention, and executive functioning. Cognitive therapy can provide new ways of thinking and problem-solving. The goal of this therapy is to help regain normal cognitive functioning.
Does any of this information sound familiar? If you or someone you know is suffering from the cognitive impacts of a concussion, seek medical attention and consider cognitive therapy.
Our therapists can help you retrain your brain and get back to doing what you love.