by Tony Doran, Psy.D.
HeadFirst Concussion Care Program Director
An interesting new study has recently been released from Children’s Hospital in Boston, which finds that the emotional symptoms of a concussion often longer than the physical repercussions like headache, blurred vision, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
Researchers found that, while symptoms such as headaches and dizziness show up initially after a concussion, emotional symptoms show up a bit later and can last much longer.
The study tracked 235 children aged 11 to 22 with diagnosed concussions for three months. Among the findings: most children recovered within two weeks after the injury, but 25 percent still had headache a month after their injury. Additionally, more than 20 percent suffered from fatigue, and nearly 20 percent reported taking longer to think for a month after their concussion.
Although the word is getting out, parents and caregivers should expect that recovery from a head trauma that caused a significant neurological event — a change in cognitive, emotional or behavioral processing — will take weeks of treatment to reach recovery. In addition to brain rest and a gradual return to full activity, medical providers use a host of treatments to help individuals fully recover from a traumatic brain injury.