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How does a frontal lobe brain injury affect a patient?

Your loved one was just involved in a traumatic traffic collision, and you've been informed that they have a frontal lobe brain injury. This is a scary thing to find out, but what exactly does it mean?

In the short-term, it may be hard to see the implications of this injury. Initially, your loved one may sleep a lot or be sedated to reduce the chances of further injuries to the brain.

Over time, and as they recover, you may start to notice signs of a frontal lobe injury, such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Impulsive and dangerous behaviors
  • Trouble with critical thinking
  • Concentration problems
  • Trouble solving complex problems
  • Depression
  • Changes in their level of tolerance or patience with others
  • Making inappropriate comments

Overall, it's important to realize that damage to the frontal lobe can result in personality changes. Of course, the damage can manifest in many ways depending on the extent of the injuries, the area of the frontal lobe that was injured, and any pre-existing personality traits that the person had.

How is a frontal lobe injury treated?

Frontal lobe injuries are usually initially treated to prevent further injuries. Initial interventions include a focus on preventing nerve death, managing swelling and reducing or stopping bleeding. Your loved one will likely have X-rays, CT scans and MRIs so that the exact area of the brain that has been damaged can be identified.

Your loved one may be asked to complete skill and personality tests to identify which skills remain and which might need to be retaught. The tests will also help inform you, the family members, about how their personality may be altered and how to adjust to the changes.

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