Falls, assaults, car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicide attempts: there are many ways in which people can acquire a brain injury.
“Sufferers may have more intense or less intense feelings than before,” says Dr Brian Waldron, a clinical psychologist with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland(ABII). “Damage to the frontal lobes can lead to anger outbursts and, sometimes, physical aggression.
“Brain injury can affect cognitive functioning including memory, language expression, visual perception and motor skills. Relationship breakdown can happen and people can lose friends. There is a short period of time after an injury where the brain can rewire some of the cells, but other areas of the brain may not get full function back.”
There is no cure for brain injury. It’s about management.