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Hit Your Head? Watch for these Brain Trauma Symptoms

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Has someone you know suffered a fall or blow to the head? Brain trauma should be a concern.
Air Date: 11/4/16
Duration: 22:34
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
Dr. Sanam HafeezDr. Sanam Hafeez is a New York City based Neuropsychologist and School Psychologist. She is also the founder and director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. and is currently a teaching faculty member at Columbia University. 

Dr. Hafeez graduated from Queens College, CUNY with a BA in psychology. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Psychology at Hofstra University. Following that, she stayed at Hofstra to receive her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) She later completed her post-doctoral training in Neuropsychology and Developmental Pediatrics at Coney Island Hospital.

Dr. Hafeez’s provides neuropsychological educational and developmental evaluations in her practice. She also works with children and adults who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, autism, attention and memory problems, trauma and brain injury, abuse, childhood development and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc.). In addition, Dr. Hafeez serves as a medical expert and expert witness by providing full evaluations and witness testimony to law firms and courts.

Dr. Hafeez immigrated to the United States from Pakistan when she was 12 years old.  She is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi (Pakistani and Indian languages). She resides in Queens, New York, with her husband and twin boys.

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Hit Your Head? Watch for these Brain Trauma Symptoms
You may think of brain injury as something that occurs after a gunshot wound or surgery. But, there are also minor brain injuries that can occur through daily activities.

For instance, you may bang your head and afterward just not feel "right." Or, you may bonk your head and lose consciousness.

The brain is a complex and potent organ. A hard hit may do nothing, and a small shake may have great impact. Each brain will recover at a different rate, making it difficult to diagnose and treat potential trauma.

According to Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, no matter the perceived severity of injury, you should watch for these symptoms and get help immediately:

  • Slurred speech, talking in circles or acute speech changes
  • Function changes
  • Personality changes
  • Memory difficulty
  • Strange way of walking
  • Bilingual people returning to an earlier language
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble tasting or smelling things
  • Fatigue

If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to seek medical attention to get an in-person assessment. Physical symptoms and comprehensive testing can help with diagnosis and treatment. However, it's often difficult to determine a future prognosis post-injury.

Treating the brain after injury depends on the injury. Resting the brain can help. Stimulating parts of the brain through brain games or learning a new skill works like a trip to the gym for your noggin.

Be more attentive if someone you know may have suffered a brain injury. Write down symptoms and watch if they disappear or persist.

Listen in as Dr. Hafeez joins Dr. Susanne to discuss the basics of brain trauma, as well as what you should do if you or someone you love suffers injury.
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