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Post Concussion Syndrome

Understanding PCS

The 4 Categories of Post Concussion Syndrome 

In order to better understand how Post Concussion Syndrome, or PCS, is affecting you, it can be broken down into 4 categories:

COGNITIVE

Memory
Attention
Focus
Executive functioning

SLEEP SYMPTOMS

Sleeping too much in the beginning
Trouble falling and/or staying asleep as time goes on

MOOD / BEHAVIORAL

Irritability
Anxiety
Depression

PHYSICAL

Headache
Neck pain
Dizziness
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to noise

Know the Signs of PCS

Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is a set of lingering symptoms after a concussion. When these symptoms are still prevalent and bothersome after 3 months, this is usually referred to as PCS. These symptoms can be physical, psychological or neurological in nature. It is often difficult to diagnose Post Concussion Syndrome because symptoms can vary greatly from one person to the next; Please see a specialist if you suspect PCS. 

Some of the common symptoms that are ongoing following a concussion include:
    Headaches
    Dizziness
    Nausea
    Vision Problems
    ​Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
    Fatigue
    Brain Fog
    Irritability
    ​Changes in Personality
    ​Lack of Energy
    Anxiety
    ​Depression
    Insomnia
    Memory Loss
    Attention Problems
    Difficulty Concentrating
    Noise and light sensitivity

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