Every concussion can result in a severe brain injury, so if you or your child sustains even a minor blow to the head, seek immediate medical attention. Permanent neurological or physiological disorders can follow untreated symptoms.
Many people recognize the common symptoms, which can keep someone out of commission for days or weeks. Dizziness, headaches, nausea, or lack of coordination can signal a concussion. But not all symptoms are that easy to see. If you notice any of the following in yourself or your child following an event involving the head, talk to a doctor right away.
Unusual Signs of Concussion
Ringing in the ears
Confusion and irritability
Of course, this can impact your mood as well. Manic-depressive personality disorder can follow, causing wild swings in your mood. One minute to the next can bring laughter to tears with extreme highs and lows. Irritability at this erratic behavior can be further exacerbated by dizzy spells, nausea, sleepiness, or excessive anxiety.
Unfortunately, significant changes can occur as well. MRI or CT scans cannot show the reason for personality changes like the loss of your ability to contribute to conversations or your sense of humor. These kinds of changes need to be followed up on immediately.
Insomnia and fatigue
Your nervous system is impacted when insomnia occurs often enough to develop adrenal fatigue. A negative feedback loop keeps you from falling asleep, regardless of how hard you try. Eventually, your lack of sleep can cause your essential motor skills to lessen.
Dysarthria (confused speech) happens when the Central Nervous System is damaged. If you can’t communicate clearly, this may be why. In addition, you may experience aphasia (inability to comprehend language). If both are present together, you can’t communicate with those around you. Of course, the anxiety attached to being unable to communicate can be quite severe, so it’s helpful to know that these symptoms seldom last more than a few days. Severe cases may last for a week or two, but permanent disability is very rare.
If you suddenly find yourself in this amnesia predicament and you don’t know why, consider that you may be suffering from a concussion and you may just not remember it happening.