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The impact of brain injury on your memory

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2018 | Car Accidents, Firm News |

Connecticut residents who have been involved in an auto crash may be left dealing with the aftermath for weeks, months, or even years. Some of these potential injuries could impact the brain, resulting in long or short term memory loss or difficulties.

APA PsycNET has a paper focused on hippocampal atrophy and its role in the degradation of memory as related to traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI. In this study, it was shown that the location of the atrophy or injury on the hippocampus could and did affect how memory was able to heal or progress. In specific, it showed that injury to the left side of the hippocampus had a stronger effect on the restoration of memory.

This is not particularly unusual, as the location and severity of a brain injury has been known for some time to have an impact on the way a person’s brain will be able to recover. These factors would contribute to things like the duration of the symptoms, their intensity, and how easy recovery would be.

Brainline, meanwhile, discusses the lifestyle changes that may be needed to cope with TBI and memory loss. Personality changes can be tied to both, for example. It can be jarring to see that a loved one no longer remembers important things like anniversary dates, or to witness a personality quirk or trait that hadn’t been present beforehand.

The changes made to memory by a TBI can be difficult to handle, but it is still possible to recover. However, the recovery process differs from person to person in success, duration, and what therapy works best.