How to identify a concussion and when to seek help
Symptoms of a concussion
Concussion symptoms typically fall into four categories:
•Thinking/Remembering - Difficulty thinking clearly; feeling slowed down; difficulty concentrating and remembering new information.
•Physical - Headache; fuzzy or blurry vision; nausea or vomiting (early on); dizziness; sensitivity to noise or light; balance problems; feeling tired or having no energy.
•Emotions/Mood - Irritability; sadness; more emotional; nervousness or anxiety.
•Sleep - Sleeping more or less than usual or trouble falling asleep.
When to seek medical attention
Seek immediate medical help if, after a head injury, the person experiences:
•A headache that gets worse or doesn’t go away
•Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
•Repeated vomiting or nausea
•Crying that can’t be consoled
Go to the emergency room immediately if the person:
•Looks very drowsy or can’t be awakened
•Has one pupil larger than the other
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•Has convulsions or seizures
•Can’t recognize people or places
•Is restless, confused or agitated
•Has unusual behavior
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention