Symptoms of concussion can range from being hard-to-see to quite obvious. The general signs of concussion include:
Following a concussion, one may feel or demonstrate a variety of cognitive, physical, emotional, and/or sleep issues.
|In a “fog”; can’t think clearly||Headache||Sad||Sleeping more|
|Can’t follow conversations||Post-traumatic amnesia
(can’t recall injury)
|Easily irritated||Trouble falling asleep|
|Trouble with attention/concentration||Nausea||Anxious||Not sleeping soundly|
|Difficulty learning new information||Dizziness||More emotional than usual||Sleep cycle disturbed|
|Word finding problems||Sensitivity to light/sound||Changes in personality||Not feeling rested after sleep|
|Slowed reaction times||Fatigue||More impulsive|
When to Seek Medical Attention
Health care professionals recommend individuals contact their physician, emergency medical services (EMS), or go to the nearest emergency department immediately if someone sustains a bump, blow, or jolt to the head and has these symptoms:
- A headache that gets worse and does not go away;
- Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination;
- Repeated vomiting or nausea;
- Slurred speech;
- Drowsiness or cannot be awakened;
- One pupil is larger than the other;
- Convulsions or seizures;
- Does not recognize people or places;
- Get increasingly confused, restless, or agitated;
- Unusual behavior; and/or
- Loss of consciousness.
Symptoms may vary, and each individual may experience them somewhat differently. A concussion can impact physical well-being, thinking (cognitive) skills, behaviors and emotions, and even sleep patterns.