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Dealing with short-term memory loss after a TBI

You may not have realized you were even in an accident until your vehicle came to rest. In the mere seconds during which the accident took place, you may have hit your head. A doctor confirmed that you suffered a traumatic brain injury, but you feel lucky since you did not end up losing consciousness or end up in a coma. You know the situation could have been much worse, so you count your blessings and move forward.

Then you begin to notice that you easily forget things. This frustrating and stressful state of affairs may feel as though it will never end. Even a mild TBI can cause you weeks, months or even years of issues with your short-term memory, depending on the circumstances. Is there anything you can do to improve the situation?

Exercising your mind as part of your recovery

Your short-term memory records the events of the last 30 to 40 seconds. Without it, you would have significant issues interacting with the world and learning new things. The brain is a muscle, and it needs use in order to remain in good shape. Engaging in the exercises below could help you improve your short-term memory:

  • You could use visualization to remember things like appointments. If you associate something concrete and vivid with something, you may remember it more easily.
  • You could associate something you need to remember with similar sounding words or a mnemonic device, which links each word you need to remember by the first letter of another word in a phrase.
  • People say repeating something over and over helps you remember it, but what you may not know is that you need to put some time between each time you repeat it. As the time grows longer, your memory of it will improve.
  • Would you believe that music helps improve memory? This is why children learn the alphabet with a song, so you can work on remembering something by putting the information to the tune of your choice.
  • Writing down something you remember not only gives you a record of what you need to know but also help you remember it. Typing the information isn't as good a tool since, when you write on a piece of paper, you must focus more on what you are doing.

Using these exercises and tricks may help improve your short-term memory, but it won't pay for your medical care, lost income and other damages. Filing a personal injury claim could help in your pursuit to recover the compensation you deserve.

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