Life After Brain Injury.

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The Misconceptions of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)*



Label each statement as either true or false. Write your answers down, then click on the link to see the answers how you did.


1.    Even after several weeks in a coma, when people wake up, most recognize and speak to others right away.


2.    After a head injury, people can forget who they are and not recognize others but be perfect in every other way.


3.    Sometimes a second blow to the head can help a person remember things that were forgotten after the first blow.


4.    How quickly a person recovers from head injury depends mainly on how hard they work at recovering.


5.    Complete recovery from a severe head injury is not possible, no matter how badly the person wants to recover.


6.    People who have had one head injury are more likely to have a second



7.    After a head injury it is usually harder to learn new things that it is to remember things from before the injury.


8.    Whiplash injuries to the neck can cause brain damage even if there is no direct blow to the head.


9.    A little brain damage does not matter since people only use a small portion of their brains anyway.


10.   A head injury can cause brain damage if even if the person is not

       knocked out.


11.   Emotional problems after head injury are usually not related to brain



12.   Most people with brain injury look and act disabled.


13.   When people are knocked unconscious, most wake up shortly with no

        lasting effects.


14.   People in a coma are usually not aware of what is happening around



15.   People with amnesia for events before the injury usually have trouble learning new things too.


16.  Once the recovering person feels “back to normal,” the recovery process is complete.


17.   It is good advice to rest and remain inactive during recovery.


18.   A concussion is harmless and never results in long-term problems or brain damage.


19.   If a person wanted to, it would be easy to fake brain damage from a

       head injury.


20.  The only sure way to tell if someone has suffered brain damage from a head injury is by an X-ray of the brain.


21.  Brain damage from a head injury is less severe if a person is intoxicated at the time of injury than if they were sober at the time of injury.


22.  Most people with severe head injuries are eventually able to return to their previous jobs.


23.  Most people who get a head injury in a car accident, and then sue the other driver, are probably doing it for the money and are not hurt all that badly.


Life After Brain Injury