BANGOR – March is “Brain Injury Awareness Month.”
The Brain Injury Association of America estimates more than 2-million children and adults in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury. Another 795,000 suffer a non-traumatic brain injury each year.
Doctors at Eastern Maine Medical Center say brain injuries can occur from sports, car accidents and not wearing helmets when riding bikes or motorcycles.
They also say it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a brain injury.
Psychiatrist Debbie Tan stated “If you have signs of having headaches difficulty with sleeping” butted to ‘having behavioral issues they are now more agitated more anxious. They have balance impairments they have movement impairments, certainly you need to get them checked out.”
Dr. Tan also stated recognizing these signs is important to the person’s day-to-day-life. She stresses the importance of taking preventative precautions when involved in outdoor winter activities by wearing helmets and seatbelts.