Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

TBI refers to any significant trauma to the head. In VA cases, TBI is normally associated with trauma caused by a nearby blast or explosion. Symptoms of TBI can vary, including changes in a person’s ability to think, difficulty with controlling emotions, walking, or speaking, and also impairment of a claimant’s sense of sight or hearing.

Mild TBI often involves short-term change or loss in consciousness. Severe TBI refers to longer periods of both. It is important to keep in mind that, while TBI affects a person’s physical functioning, it also can his or her emotional well being. Insomnia, depression and anxiety are common secondary symptoms of TBI.) .

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