Neuropsychology Essay

776 WordsApr 22, 20144 Pages
Neuropsychology Neuropsychology is the study of brain function and how the brain effects our behavior and how we comprehend. It is important to understand neuropsychology when dealing with brain injuries and strokes. Brain injuries range from mild to severe but it is important to know that all brain injuries are traumatic and serious because the brain is a very sensitive organ and can be damaged easily and also because the human brain controls all of our function and basic needs in order for us to live. There are two different kinds of head injuries which are closed head injuries and open head injuries. Closed headed injuries range from being mild to serious and are caused from a blow to the head and trauma. The brain can be damaged and so is the skull and usually are considered concussions. An open head injury is when the skull is open or shattered. It can also be caused if something penetrates the brain and does extreme damage. Both head injuries are considered serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Traumatic brain injuries can have temporary and permanent effects. Mild head injuries can cause damage to your brain cells and give you temporary symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, memory issues and behavioral changes. Most of these symptoms will go away with treatment and time. People with more serious traumatic brain injuries can have tearing to the tissue of the brain, bruising and bleeding and may require surgery. Symptoms for these more severe injuries include confusion, slurred speech, motor problems, unusual behavior and extreme headaches. With severe head injuries most of these symptoms will go away but a bad brain injury can cause lasting effects and damage. After a concussion for example people can be diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome is when one or more of the symptoms from a concussion last
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