Dealing with Memory Loss after Head Trauma
Many who’ve suffered even mild brain injuries in traumatic accidents experience cognitive symptoms. One of the most common symptoms is memory problems. Having memory problems can create stress, anxiety, and is simply frustrating. Victims and their families might consider working with a memory specialist, such as a speech therapist or a neuro-recovery professional.
Tips for Coping with Memory Problems after an Accident
Many brain injury patients have trouble remembering new information, and they may have “gaps” when trying to recall conversations or events.
The Model Systems Translation Center, a developer of information and programs for those with traumatic brain injuries, recommends the following tips for dealing with memory issues:
- created a structured routine and write down your daily to-do list;
- have a place for everything and try to stay as organized as possible;
- make use of memory aides such as calendars, notebooks, phone apps, and cue cards, keep them handy;
- set aside a time every day to review new information. Have a loved one help if you’d like, and try to make it a game instead of a frustrating or stressful event;
- get enough rest and reduce any anxiety; and
- consult with a doctor about how medications and other treatments may be affecting your memory.
Mental Exercises to Sharpen Your Memory
Performing mental calisthenics in the form of engaging mental exercise can sharpen memory and improve brain function, according to Discovery Channel’s Fit & Health. Talk to your doctor about whether this can help you after head trauma. Any activities that actively engage the brain and require concentration may help improve mental nimbleness.
Some mental exercises noted by Discovery Health include:
- jigsaw and crossword puzzles;
- apps geared toward sharpening memory, such as My Personal Memory Trainer, Luminosity, and Fit Brains Trainer;
- playing chess;
- watching TV shows that teach you new information; and
- learning a new hobby, such as a learning to play a new instrument or taking up a second language.
Control Factors that Affect Memory
In addition to certain medications, there are several lifestyle factors that can adversely affect memory.
Talk to your doctor about whether the following tips may help improve memory:
- quit smoking;
- get adequate sleep (fatigue and lack of sleep exacerbate memory problems);
- reduce stress;
- see a doctor for treatment of any developing depression or post-traumatic stress syndrome;
- find healthy, productive ways to handle strong emotions;
- eat a healthy, balanced diet; and
- exercise daily (as long as your doctor approves it).
Speak with a Car Accident Attorney
From a legal perspective, it’s helpful to note that any treatments or expenses you’ve had from your brain injury might be compensable if you’re eligible to file a negligence claim. Many brain injury victims are able to collect compensation not only for actual medical bills, but for general damages (intangible losses) such as those related to mental and emotional pain, suffering, and disorders.
To determine what types of legal options for financial restitution you might have, call our personal injury team at Chalik & Chalik. Contact us at 855-529-0269 to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation.