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Deployment-Related Traumatic Brain Injury and Co-Occurring Conditions

A Course for Civilian Health Care Providers from BrainLineMilitary.org

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Attention & Memory

After a concussion people often complain about difficulty remembering appointments, trying to learn and retain new information, and generally feeling foggy and unfocused. Memories before the injury are usually intact.

VIDEO: Fast Conversations and Loud Groups: Challenging for Those with TBI-Related Short-Term Memory Issues

Fast Conversations and Loud Groups

"I noticed myself having troubles with short-term memory and attention when the subject is rapidly transitioning…"

 

Attention, focus, and memory are closely related. Sometimes a service member may function well in some areas but may have surprising gaps in his abilities.

VIDEO: Cognitive Symptoms Can Change in the Short- and Long-Term Post-TBI

Cognitive Symptoms Can Change in the Short- and Long-Term Post-TBI

"Where truly I got into what I felt were cognitive difficulties was I began to have some problems with memory…"

 

After a concussion, returning service members frequently report problems with memory, but often the real problem is attention, as physician John Rigg explains:

VIDEO: The Root Causes of Memory Problems Post-TBI and PTSD

The Root Causes of Memory Problems Post-TBI and PTSD

"In about 87 percent of our patients who complain of memory problems, neuropsychological testing has not found any cognitive deficits."

 

Regardless of the etiology of memory problems, a piece of everyday technology can help these service members, according to neuropsychologist Alison Cernich.

VIDEO: After a Brain Injury, a Phone Can Be Far More Than "Just a Phone"

A Phone Can Be Far More Than "Just a Phone"

"A phone can be almost like the best memory notebook we could have ever invented…"

 

This tip sheet offers more practical tips for coping with cognitive problems after a concussion:

Ways to Improve Your Memory

Tips patients with traumatic brain injury can use to improve their memory.



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