A concussion can impact work and school life as well as your daily routine. It can affect your memory, your ability to problem solve, organize and reason. A concussion can make you feel like your thinking is cloudy and make you unable to do the simple, everyday tasks that used to be easy. You may have mood swings or trouble controlling your emotions.
All of these troubling symptoms can occur on the inside while on the outside you appear physically fine. Sometimes, the absence of physical injuries can make your recovery difficult. It’s hard to recuperate when friends, family and co-workers don’t fully grasp the deficits you are experiencing.Duke speech-language pathologist Brecken Hentz often works with people who are discouraged or frustrated when others don’t take the deficits that result from their concussion seriously. “Family may underestimate the impact it has on a person’s life,” Dr. Hentz says.