National Center For A Better Humanity
Applied Science - Protecting Futures and Saving Lives
Reported as the most common type of brain injury, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.
Most concussions and other mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) should completely resolve within one to six weeks, but some people, experience post-concussion syndrome (PCS) with symptoms lasting longer than this. Post-concussion syndrome can include physical, cognitive, and emotional problems, including:
- Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks
- The sense that you “just don’t feel like yourself”
Sadly most concussions are never diagnosed or properly treated. The most commonly used assessment for "Sideline" screening for concussions has a documented 42% in-ability to diagnose rate. A recent survey of general practitioners revealed a staggering 69% failure rate in a concussion return-to-play questionnaire.
Common examples of improper diagnosis mood-swings and anti-social behavior are classic symptoms of a concussion. In a young ladies these symptoms are attributed to hormone changes in young girls and ADHD in young boys. Boston Medical Center found over 70% of all concussions are improperly diagnosed.
Many people are often improperly diagnosed with emotional problems or disorders, it is important to know that often the underlying cause is a concussion. The New York City school system found in a study that over 50% of the children in “Special Needs Classrooms” were actually suffering from a concussion. Because of the cost of proper diagnoses of a concussion and the similarity of symptoms, concussions are often improperly diagnosed as emotional or other physic logical problems.