A brain injury can lead to a wide range of effects. While many people recover quickly after a minor head injury (often known as concussion), this is not always the case and people may experience longer-term effects.
The more severe the brain injury, the longer-term and more pronounced the effects are likely to be. Some people may spend time in a coma or experience a more prolonged reduced awareness state.
During the early stages of recovery, brain injury survivors often go through a stage called Post-traumatic amnesia, where they have no continuous memory of day-to-day events and their behaviour may be very uncharacteristic and confused.
Our charity Partner Headway have a range of freely downloadable Effects of brain injury and how to help (PDF) booklet in the related resources section. Download here.