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How does a brain injury affect cognitive abilities?

People who suffer from traumatic brain injuries often have considerable life changes, often stemming from cognitive abilities being affected. This can have a significant impact on an individual's personality because cognition drives how the person thinks and comprehends.

Many people don't realize how important cognitive skills are. These are the foundation for many other skills that people need to function in life. Memory, for example, falls under the cognitive abilities. Other things that fall under this include:

  • Communication
  • Processing information
  • Problem solving
  • Decision-making
  • Impulse control
  • Patience
  • Concentration
  • Attention
  • Organizing and planning

How can people with a TBI overcome these issues?

It isn't always possible to find ways to overcome the cognitive impacts of a TBI. Some people have to find a way to do their work tasks, which isn't always easy. In some cases, going through occupational therapy can help with this.

There are a few things that the person might try. Having instructions written out may work for some. Being able to focus on one task at a time can be beneficial. Some people might need to have a mentor work with them while they complete their work duties.

Individuals might need to be given more time to complete tasks. These can be broken down into smaller steps than usual. They may need to be shown multiple times how to complete their duties.

Because attention is often impacted by a TBI, try to find a way to stop distractions from occurring when you work. This might mean working in a space by yourself or wearing earplugs. You may also need to be able to take breaks when you get tired.

One thing that some individuals don't realize is that it's fairly costly to get the help you need with life tasks after a TBI. Some people will need to go through different types of therapy, as well as doctor appointments.

Individuals who are dealing with this situation because of an accident that was caused by another person's negligence can seek compensation. This offsets the financial implications of the injury.

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