The Six Types of Concussion Symptoms [Infographic]

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Diagnosing a concussion can sometimes be difficult, as each is different and symptoms can range wildly depending on the way the injury occurred and the severity of the injury. While headache, confusion and nausea are well known symptoms of brain injury, there are several other lesser known effects such as vision or behavioral problems. Despite the wide range of symptoms, they can be grouped into a few categories based on what part of the body is affected.

The infographic exploring these categories illustrates how a brain injury can affect functioning throughout the entire body. While the injury may be “invisible”, the damage is broad and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

 

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18 Responses to The Six Types of Concussion Symptoms [Infographic]

  1. Mic Lode Bass December 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    I have had 0ver a 100 concussions they don’t make you depressed or crazy. I have slight worse short term memory but nothing extreme. It is just a put on by the liberl media.

    • Smash Bro December 14, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

      Don’t universalize your experience(s) with concussions to apply to all concussions. Everyone’s experience with a concussion is different just by the very fact that everyone’s brain chemistry is different. Just because they did not make you depressed or “crazy” does not mean they definitely won’t have that affect on someone else. It’s not just a propagated idea. Your personal experiences are not the rule. Don’t be so naive and ignorant.

    • T vonDay December 16, 2015 at 7:32 am #

      I’ve had concussion symptoms for almost four years now, since I had a collision playing soccer. Light continues to hurt my eyes, I feel sick when I run, and affected in countless other ways.
      And the liberal media you condescend just provides facts and information that isn’t derived from traditional perspectives and ideologies. Maybe it can feel overbearing, but it is not misinformed.

    • Softhearted May 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

      I can’t even imagine what would give someone s hundred concussions but with that being said you have no idea what you’re talking about except about your own personal experience. In case you didn’t already know even a mild concussion can cause post concussion syndrome which in fact sadly is real and many concussions are classified moderate to severe. I’ve experienced three in my life, none which left lingering effects. My daughter,however, has had just one…from a violent automobile accident caused by a sudden drop in her BP. She was a very vibrant beautiful collegiate volleyball player and honor student….. all of that is gone now and everyday is a struggle in many ways even tho the ct scan shows no brain damage which is the norm for concussions. We are 19 mos since her accident. It is life altering and devastating. We have met literally thousands of ppl suffering even worse than she is. And I don’t give a damn what you think liberals theories or propaganda it is. I myself am a staunch conservative and abhor most liberal policies. Your statement sounded ridiculous. If you’re talking about climate change I could understand. I mean have you seen the movie Concussion? Based on your reply I’m thinking you need to re educate yourself. If you’ve had no repercussions you have been incredibly fortunate.

    • Manon Bourgeois May 12, 2016 at 9:09 am #

      I am sorry but you are wrong. This is a correct representation of a concussion for many people. Your comment is disrespectful to people who are going through this. I’ve had many of the symptoms and some aren’t even listed. Don’t generalize concussion is a very complex injury.

    • You'renotcool May 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      Clearly you have not. Don’t breed your ignorance.

    • Idadho November 18, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

      You have likely had 90% or more of your head impacts as sub-concussive impacts and the remainder various levels of true concussions. Sub-concussive impacts are sometimes called dingers as the sensation is very momentary, sort of like the sting from slapping bare skin.
      But, as the experts and many non-experts know, If you have seen one head injury, you have seen ONE head injury. You show your ignorance by using the term crazy. Crazy does not even belong near the discussion. It has no relation to depression. Depression is very common with concussion.
      Plus, concussion has nothing to do with weakness or strength. Panthers LB Luke Kuechly is a good example. He is as tough as they come but got nailed 11/17/16.

    • Todd Miller May 25, 2017 at 12:52 am #

      Well first of all…ever hear about NFL players and the absolute mess that has happened to a lot of them because of concussions? Boxers, same reason? The brain is a delicate organ and the slightest damage or injury can cause a myriad of different effects on various people. Second, over a hundred concussions would probably mean you wrote that sitting in a chair in a care home somewhere, uncertain about how you got there and why you are wearing a diaper. Hang tight, a nurse will be with you shortly. Be thankful most of your care comes from liberal policies.

    • the concussed kid July 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

      have fun with CTE bro

  2. R Ross December 21, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    I am very conservative in many ways… That aside I have no clue how liberal or conservative points of view have anything to do with a concussion. I had an auto accident ten months ago and the consequences of the concussion has been life altering. It is very real. I will say that I had no Idea how damaging concussions were until I had one. i have all the above symptoms and outcomes. Well illustrated. Thank you

  3. Molly Lolly Golly March 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    I used this for a school project and it was very helpful. It had everything I need and my teacher said it was “An amazing description!” Thanks SO much for the great website!

  4. Jacqueline April 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    Reading this … I’ve realized I’m 1,4,5,6…. Strange how head trauma can effect your life forever….

  5. calvin April 30, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    concussions affect depends on what part of the head or neck is impacted. I was in a couple of severe accidents, a head on with a 90 mph impact and a 65 mph hit by a semi.

    I have noticed depending on where I have swelling I have different problems, but it is treatable with a neuromuscular skeletal specialist. Thank god for them

  6. frances September 17, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    I feel totally helpless watching the extreme suffering on my Grandaughter after a section of wood fell from a height and hit her R parietal area.3 yrs ago

    She suffers total hell with repeated sssions of stabbing pains at point of injury several times a day which wake her every few hours at night
    added to which chronic 24/7 migraine with nausea, osmophobia,light sensitivity has been triggered
    She was a top honour student with a glittering future ahead her total ambition to be a Lawyer now out the window
    Cannot find any neurologist who really has a clue and certainly they dont seem to care
    She has had horrendous reactions to every drug tried
    5 days of IV DHE has made her worse not better and added chest pain and room spinning to her symptoms
    TMS is useless
    Its destroying the entire family watching her suffering and her struggle to try and stay cheerful and cope in best way she can

  7. Austin November 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

    While I unfortunately don’t have anything to say that would help your current situation, I hope God blesses your family and that your granddaughter will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and that I will keep y’all in my prayers.

  8. Dan November 23, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    We were hit from behind at a red light by a driver under the influence going 40-45 mph who apparently did not brake at all. Because of the adrenaline rush, my wife and I did not feel any pain or degradation of function until the next few days. My symptoms were worse than what my wife experienced. I experienced a heavy “brain fog” for the next 4 weeks and while it decreased some after that, until my DC fully recognized my concussion symptoms and referred me to some concussion specialists who began therapies that were directed to refocusing my vision and “rewiring” damaged pathways in my brain, I did not make marked improvements toward the pre-crash state of normalcy. Because of my damaged cognition abilities, I failed to recognize and associate some breathing and nausea issues that started right after the crash, and until I finally got into bed one night and was unable to draw a full breath, did I finally go into my family doctor to find out what was going on with that. As it turned out, my concussion specialists were able to modify their therapies to enable the recovery of my breathing function. I also was directed to a book, “The Ghost in My Brain”, a fascinating and detailed account of a college professor who experienced some extremely disabling changes in his ability to function on a daily basis–he went through this for 8 years before finally getting connected with the therapy that snapped him back into a fully functional state. Don’t give up! There are breakthroughs being made every day in this area, and if you’re told, “There’s nothing we can do…” means you’re probably not talking to the right people!

  9. Alea Waite September 1, 2017 at 8:57 am #

    I’ve had post concussion syndrome for about 5 days and the day when I hit my head I can’t remember but I was fine a about 2-3 days after and then just yesterday I was walking to my friend house and it was sunning and I thought eyeliner in my eye because it was really hurting then about half to my friend I’m bursting into tears it hurt so bad in both eyes now so I stopped at my church on the way and went inside to take off makeup right when I walked inside and my eyes fixed them self they didn’t hurt anymore so i set off again and made it to my friends back yard where i sat by the pool for about 30 minutes and all different friends were there and they had music on and everyone is jumping in the pool and then I feel myself slowing blacking out and I start to freak out so I get up to get inside and while I’m trying to get inside my ears start to ring and I can’t hear anyone then I’m on the couch not even remembering how I got there, i was told to lay down for a bit where I kept blacking out and waking up, my friends walked to youth group with me that night and I don’t know how to explain it but it felt like I wasn’t in my body like I talked without thinking and acted like my body and mind were separated and I could remember things that just happened it was such a scary experience and I’m only 15 please help me understand what’s happening

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  1. Eye-Sync Helping Stanford Diagnose Concussions More Quickly « CBS Local Sports - June 21, 2017

    […] A demo of the test can be viewed on the SyncThink website to get a more visual understanding of what the test entails and looks like. The other benefit to the technology, according to both Dr. Ghajar and Anderson, is that it allows the staff to gain a better understanding of what type of concussion a player may have suffered in order to be able to target their treatment more effectively. One thing that tends to be misunderstood in the discussion surrounding concussions is that there is not one catch-all diagnosis. Concussions, like many other health complications, come in varying forms and degrees. […]

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