Emotional Symptoms of a Concussion Last Longer than Physical Problems, Study Finds

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.



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