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Concussion Signs and Symptoms

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000394656.06989.da
DEPARTMENTS: Resource Central

CONCUSSION: COURTESY OF BETH MALLON; BRAIN: DEBBI SMIRNOFF/STOCKPHOTO

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A ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully. But in some cases symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer; in young children and teens, recovery may be slower.

Symptoms usually fall into four categories:

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THINKING/REMEMBERING

  • ▸ Difficulty thinking clearly
  • ▸ Feeling slowed down
  • ▸ Difficulty concentrating
  • ▸ Difficulty remembering new information
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PHYSICAL

  • ▸ Headache
  • ▸ Nausea or vomiting (early on)
  • ▸ Balance problems
  • ▸ Dizziness
  • ▸ Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • ▸ Feeling tired, having no energy
  • ▸ Sensitivity to noise or light
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EMOTIONAL

  • ▸ Irritability
  • ▸ Sadness
  • ▸ More emotional
  • ▸ Nervousness or anxiety
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SLEEP DISTURBANCE

  • ▸ Sleeping more or less than usual
  • ▸ Trouble falling asleep
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