One of the biggest misconceptions is that a "mild concussion" is not a big deal, or won't have a lasting impact on a person's life. This could not be further from the truth!
🧠 It's more than "just a concussion".
While many concussions do resolve, there are also concussions that do not resolve quickly. Each one will be different, so it’s important to take any concussion diagnosis seriously. Also, a “mild” concussion or “mild” traumatic brain injury does not mean it will have a “mild” effect.
➡️ In this case, it is important to understand that "mild" is a medical classification, NOT an adjective to describe the effect on the survivor's life.
A "mild" concussion or traumatic brain injury can have a devastating effect on a survivor and their family. When there are multiple concussions, the effects become even more significant.
Unfortunately, because of this classification term, mild TBIs are often overlooked. The "mild" diagnosis leads people to believe they will be 100% fine in a few weeks, and as a result, they become surprised, confused, and depressed when symptoms persist.
It’s also true that concussions are treatable. But in order to treat the symptoms, we first need to acknowledge what is going on with the concussion. Not to dismiss it!
Recovery is possible, but everyone goes at their own pace. There’s so much new research coming out that can help. It’s important to get connected to a concussion literate provider that can help you with your treatment plan.
There is always hope - and you are not alone!💙
✨Let’s spread awareness together - Friday September 17 is #NationalConcussionAwarenessDay!🎉
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