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doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000394656.06989.da
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Concussion Signs and Symptoms

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

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.

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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

©2011 American Academy of Neurology

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