Most people are familiar with the term concussion. You can get it from a bang on the head (in sports or everyday life) and it can result in symptoms such as:

  •   Confusion
  •   Losing consciousness
  •   Disorientation
  •   Seeing ‘stars’ (before your eyes)
  •   Unable to answer simple questions, such as the person’s own name
  •   Slurred speech
  •   Faraway stares

Because we are very familiar with the term concussion, we forget how serious it is. It is a mild traumatic brain injury and rather than jump back into everyday life, it’s important to take time out and let your brain heal. People who have repeated concussions can experience depression and suicidal tendencies.

While most people know about concussion, not many people are familiar with Post-Concussion Syndrome.  PCS symptoms can continue for weeks, months sometimes even years after the bang to the head. Symptoms include:

  •   Anxiety
  •   Depression
  •   Dizziness
  •   Fatigue
  •   Headaches
  •   Poor concentration
  •   Poor memory
  •   Sensitivity to noise
  •   Sensitivity to light
  •   Problems sleeping

Many of these symptoms mirror ADHD symptoms which can cause a lot of confusion during the diagnosis process. People who have ADHD feel their ADHD has become worse while people who didn’t have ADHD feel like they do after a head injury.To help explain all about Post-Concussion Syndrome, I interviewed Robert McCrindle. Robert is a teacher and counsellor, who specializes in with ADHD and post-concussion syndrome.

Download an interview about PCS with Robert McCrindle here: http://goo.gl/VuOH5

 

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