Acquired brain injury

An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that occurs after birth. This can happen because of an accident, (such as a road accident, a fall or a diving accident), or various other incidents that result in an injury to the brain.

Acquired brain injury can happen to anyone at any age. People who have an acquired brain injury may experience a number of the following difficulties:

Physical problems, such as:

  • weakness on one side of the body (hemiplegia)
  • balance problems.

‘Hidden’ problems, such as:

  • short-term memory difficulties
  • difficulty in controlling emotions
  • greater difficulty in planning things that need to be done
  • problems getting started on things
  • getting things mixed up or confused
  • having difficulty understanding words and how to solve problems.

The difficulties experienced depend on the type and extent of brain injury and this is different for each person – no two people with acquired brain injury will have exactly the same problems.

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