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Someone who suffers from a traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, may experience symptoms that range in severity. But if they're left untreated, they could intensify, creating additional health issues.

If you think you've suffered a TBI, or a concussion, then seeking immediate medical attention is critical because it allows your health care provider to evaluate your condition and give you an official diagnosis. Your provider can choose the optimum treatments, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to help eliminate or reduce your symptoms. But first you need to be aware of the common symptoms associated with TBIs.


Some symptoms of a TBI include:

  • Headaches
  • Unconsciousness
  • Memory loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Impulsivity
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

You may notice that performing simple tasks can prove to be quite difficult if you have a TBI. For example, speaking coherently or keeping your balance may not come easily.

Other difficulties that you may experience include:
  • Swallowing food
  • Answering questions concisely
  • Having a conversation
  • Writing
  • Processing information
  • Reading
  • Planning ahead
  • Multi-tasking

TBIs fall into three categories: mild, moderate and severe. Anyone who suffers a TBI could experience any or all the symptoms listed above, but their severity can vary depending on the gravity of the condition. If you think that you’re suffering from any of these symptoms—however mild or severe they may seem—do not hesitate to seek a medical professional's expert opinion.

Want to learn more? Find out exactly what a traumatic brain injury is and how you can treat it.


Written by Alan Katz, MD, FUHM, FACEP, FAAEM

Dr. Alan Katz, National Medical Director of Hyperbaric Medical Solutions (HMS), is double board certified in Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. He directs clinical operations, as well as education and research initiatives for HMS, particularly in exploring the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy....

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