Post Concussion Syndrome

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Post Concussion Syndrome Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder with symptoms can consist of headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritability that can last as little as a week and up to months after a head injury. The causes can be a traumatic blow to the head or neck injuries in which the patient does not have to lose consciousness. The effect of being injured can do permanent damaged to the brain and nervous system. Dealing with Post-concussion syndrome not only can have a physical effect, but a psychological one as well (Mayo clinic page 2). The cause of Post-concussion is still a mystery. Doctors sometimes have given the diagnosis of P.T.S. or Post traumatic stress syndrome and vice versa. According to the text, Mild Head Injury, “Many Investigators believed that 55% of male hospitalized patients and 61% of female hospitalized patients all had cases of mild head trauma.” Doctors also thought that the patient injuries had to be severe enough for them to lose conscious that can consist of posttraumatic amnesia or temporary loss of motor skills (Mild Head page 9). Sudden impacts to the head and neck areas and sport related injuries all can cause temporary or permanent effects to the brain. In most cases of post-concussion syndrome, the effects to the brain are temporary, but more severe cases can cause serious brain damaged. To diagnose the severity of the head injury falls under three categories, this is called the Glasgow Coma Scale or G.C.S. The range goes from 15 to 1 scale that has a minimal to permanent damaged levels (Mild Injury page 25). The more severe the concussion, the more damage to the brain and disruptions of the neurotransmitters that send messages to cerebellum which controls muscle tone and memory ... ... middle of paper ... ...actors of life. This is what happens when you know something is wrong but you can’t describe the feeling. When you have to deal with reality there is no cure for day to day issues. Works cited Page Coon, Dennis., and Mitterer, O. John, “Psychology a Journey Fourth Edition.” California: Wadsworth, 2008, 2011. Print. Levin, S. Harvey. Ed. Eisenberg, M. Howard. Ed. Benton, L. Author. “Mild Head Injury” New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Print. McCrea, A. Michael. “Mild Brain Injury and Post concussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment” New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print. “Post-concussion syndrome” mayoclinic.com 22 May. 2010 http://www.mayclinic.com/health/post-concussion-syndrome/DS01020/METHOD=print “Post-concussion syndrome”Wikipedia.com 22 May. 2010http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-concussion_syndrome
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