Concussions are a type of brain injury that can range from mild to severe. They are generally classified as a mild traumatic brain injury – meaning that a concussion won’t kill you, even if it’s serious. The major cause of concussions is a head injury due to blunt trauma or whiplash.
Concussions tend to affect a person’s mental state and, in many cases, lead to immediate unconsciousness. Upon awakening, a person’s mental state may or may not return to normal.
If you or a loved one have experienced a blunt trauma injury in recent times and are wondering whether or not you’re suffering from a concussion, taking a look at this list of symptoms could help you decide if you need to seek medical treatment.
Concussion Sign #1: Confusion
Confusion, which often strikes immediately after a head injury, is one of the most common problems associated with concussions. If the person falls unconscious, they may be confused upon waking up. In some cases, they may not fall unconscious but feel confused regardless.
With mild to moderate concussions, the confusion only lasts a few minutes. However, a serious concussion can permanently damage the brain causing confusion that may remain for days, weeks, or years.