As brain injuries are so varied, the effects on one’s daily life are equally varied. Brain injuries that cause cognitive deficiencies – for example, anoxia that was not cured before damage to hippocampal (memory-forming) brain structures – may require cognitive therapy, may prevent that person from holding an intellectually demanding job, and may even require social worker aid for fulfilling certain tasks.
Certain brain injuries can affect the emotional systems of the brain, making the affected victim oversensitive and prone to emotional outbursts. This can have long-lasting negative psychological effects on victims and their families. Often, ommonly, brain injuries impede physical abilities. Patients with impaired movement/strength may require the use of canes, wheelchairs, walkers, or other physical aids, reducing the victim’s mobility and quality of life.