Effects of brain injury

Even after a minor head injury, brain function can be temporarily impaired and this is sometimes referred to as concussion. This can lead to difficulties such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, irritability and memory problems.

While most people are symptom-free within two weeks, some can experience problems for months or even years after a minor head injury.

The more severe the brain injury, the more pronounced the long-term effects are likely to be. Survivors of more severe brain injury are likely to have complex long-term problems affecting their personality, their relationships and their ability to lead an independent life.

Even with good rehabilitationsupport and help in the community, survivors and their families are likely to face uncertain and challenging futures.

Browse this section to find out more about the effects of brain injury. You can also download our Effects of brain injury and how to help (PDF) booklet in the related resources section.