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What is an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)?
An acquired brain injury, or ABI, is damage to the brain that was not present at birth and is non-progressive. The two categories of ABI are Traumatic and Non-Traumatic
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) include :
• Road traffic accidents
• Penetrating or open head injuries
• Sports injury or concussion
Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries include:
• Brain Tumours
• Brain Aneurysms
• Brain infections
• Oxygen deprivation
Brain injuries that are present at birth (congenital brain injury) and brain conditions that are degenerative, such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis are not classified as acquired brain injuries
The Effects of an ABI
Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, the consequences of a brain injury can range from quite subtle, to permanent cognitive and physical impairments and personality changes. It's no surprise that it can be a frightening and worrying time for those who experience a brain injury, and for their family and friends.
||Emotional & Social
||Attention & concentration
||Tolerance (irritability & anger)
||Planning, motivation, problem solving and multitasking
||Anxiety & depression
||Loss of independence
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