TBI Tip -Confusion


Confusion sucks. Plain. And. Simple.

Confusion [kon-fu´zhun]
Disturbed orientation in regard to time, place, or person, sometimes accompanied by disordered consciousness.

TBI symptoms vary depending on the extent of the injury and the area of the brain affected. Some symptoms appear immediately; others may appear several days or even weeks later. A person with TBI may or may not lose consciousness—loss of consciousness is not always a sign of severe TBI. Confusion is often present regardless whether it is a MTBI or a TBI.

Tips to Address Problems With Memory, Attention Span, and Organization.

  1. Create daily schedules. Check things off after you do them.
  2. Use alarms to remind yourself of things you need to do throughout the day, such as taking your medications.
  3. Keep calendars where they are easy to see. Review them and update them every day.
  4. Have specific places for things you use a lot, like your house keys.
  5. If reading is challenging, listen to recorded books from your local library.
  6. Play games that use memory and problem solving. These include cards, dominoes,checkers, chess, word search puzzles, and board games.
  7. Reduce distractions such as noise and clutter to help you concentrate and make fewer mistakes.

A therapist may be able to help you to:

  • Evaluate your skills and what you want to do, then create a daily plan to help you succeed.
  • Help select the best tools for you that fit your lifestyle and skills. Examples include a smartphone, tablet, computer, paper notebook, small voice recorder, etc. The occupational therapist will also train you in how to use these tools.
  • Review how you use your tools throughout the day to make sure they are helping, and make changes if they aren’t.
  • Help you practice all your skills to do different things, such as buying groceries, making dinner, going to work or school, attending social events, etc.


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Mike is not a TBI doctor, he is just an advocate for traumatic brain injury. He offers his advice on brain injury from a survivors perspective and it is up to you to take or ignore his advice. Meaning he is not responsible in any way for your actions. He offers his advice for free on the world wide web and you should take it as such, cheap advice.