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Each Stroke is Unique​

Symptoms from brain injury vary on part/severity, generalizations can be made.

Left-Side Brain Injury

  • Right side/Paralysis/weakness arm, leg.

 Vision

  • Right visual field cut/area blank, unaware: shaves/comb hair right side. Double vision. Personal care help.

Speaking/Understanding

  • Difficulty speaking/understanding/saying words.
  • Repeats certain words/phrases.
  • Cannot recall names/things.

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic

  • Problems reading/may write to communicate.
  • Written/spoken language difficult.

Emotions

  • Despair/anger/frequent crying.
  • Cautious/anxiety.

Right-Side Brain Injury

  • Left-sided weakness/paralysis arm,leg. Sensation disturbances hot/cold, pain.

Vision

  • Left visual field cut/area blank, unaware. Shave right side only. Double vision possible.
  • Difficulty recognizing faces/understand relationships.

Speaking/Reading/Writing/Arithmetic

  • Difficulty understanding what is said.
  • Talkative, repeats words/phrases. Speech flat/lacks melody.
  • Cannot understand what is read.

Listening/Conversation

  • Difficulty listening. Self-centered/not allow others to talk.

Eating/Swallowing

  • Difficulty chewing/swallowing.

Orientation/Perception/Judgment

  • Problem judging depth/distance/direction; familiar forms/objects/information.
  • Cannot use money/make change/write checks.
  • Get lost even in familiar places.
  • Give single instructions/wait until completed before giving next.
  • Dressing many be put on inside out/wrong order/unaware.
  • Cannot tell time/understand time/space. Loss of musical abilities.

Attention/Awareness

  • Short attention span/can be extreme.
  • Happy/lack personal limitation/problems.
  • Claim to do things, but not.

Emotions

  • Laugh inappropriately/Impulsive.
  • Talk too much/too little/flat tone.
  • Difficulty understanding emotions voices/expressions/gestures.
  • Uncontrolled swearing.

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