Traumatic Brain Injury: Any injury to the brain caused by an external force
If you have been injured in military training or in a deployment setting, by such mechanisms as Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), mortar or heavy artillery, of if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, fall, sports injury, or training incident resulting in a blow or force to your head, you may be struggling with the affects of TBI.
Common symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Visual disturbance – hard to read, focus, see clear images
- Headache – which can be dull or migraine variety – with nausea and vision issues
- Photophobia – difficulty processing bright lights
- Memory issues – recent, short term, or long term issues
- Processing – difficulties with new information or problem solving
- Emotional issues – swings such as depression, anger, or listlessness
- Balance issues – including difficulties with coordination, walking, running, and dizziness or vertigo
These symptoms need to be evaluated by a professional at the VA as part of TBI screening or at a health care practitioner treating TBI.