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Signs of a concussion

Concussions are one of the most prevalant types of brain injuries. They can happen when someone is playing a sport or be the result of a car accident. Anytime a person is hit in the head or otherwise experiences trauma that shakes the brain, a concussion can occur. Knowing if a person has a concussion, though, is not a simple diagnosis. 

Healthline notes that signs and symptoms of a concussion may not always show up right away and could even take months to appear. There are also a large number of symptoms, which can be different from person to person. While one person may experience memory loss, confusion and double vision, another person may have a headache, slight dizziness and nausea. 

The Centers for Disease Control helps make diagnosis of this brain injury a bit easier by categorizing symptoms into four areas. These categories include physical, emotional, thinking and sleep. The physical category includes symptoms such as balance problems, dizziness, headaches, light and noise sensitivity, a lack of energy and nausea. Emotional symptoms include anxiety, irritability and changes in moods. Thinking symptoms include concentration problems, memory issues and general trouble with thinking processes. The sleep category includes any issues falling asleep, staying asleep or any changes to sleeping patterns. 

The injured person may not even recognize some of the symptoms. It may take someone else noticing the changes in the person to help connect the dots and lead to a diagnosis of a concussion. Doctors often rely on being told about the symptoms to make a proper diagnosis, which is why concussions are sometimes not diagnosed or misdiagnosed. 

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