There are many cases where a person who has sustained a brain injury appears fine, but family members, friends, and fellow soldiers see symptoms* and know that something is seriously wrong with them. This person may have sustained a brain injury that was not diagnosed or is labeled “mild”. It is considered mild because the person may appear normal on the outside. Know that the term “mild brain injury” is a misnomer because the consequences of the “mild brain injury” may be devastating for that individual and their family. These are very difficult situations for the brain injured person because they often know their behavior is abnormal but can’t control it. Yet, others may attribute their behavior to wanton disregard for authority, a flawed character, or in the case of soldiers, may think the person is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
* Symptoms of Brain Injury; Altered State of Consciousness, Loss of Consciousness, Memory Loss - either short or long term memory loss, Headaches, Dizziness, Vomiting, Blurred Vision, Loss / partial loss Sense of Smell, Loss / partial loss Sense of Taste, Loss / partial loss Vision or Hearing, Sexual dysfunction, Speech Problems, Confusion, Fatigue, Sleep Disturbances - inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, or nightmares, Irritability, Depression, Mood Swings, Loss of Anger Control, Anxiety, Inability to Concentrate, Inability to make decisions, Increased sensitivity to light, Increased sensitivity to noise, Increased sensitivity to movement,Decreased intellectual ability, Math abilities affected, Lack of interest or desire to participate in life.