Study: Brain injuries may affect girls differently than boys

A new study revealed that girls may be more susceptible to certain consequences after incurring a brain injury than boys.

The consequences brain injury victims in Virginia experience after an accident are highly variable. This is because, according to the Brain Injury Association of America, the effects of a brain injury often depend on the cause, location and severity of the trauma. However, a recent study revealed that girls who sustain traumatic brain injuries may be more susceptible to certain problems than boys.

According to Time, researchers surveyed 9,288 students in Canada that were in grades seven to 12. Of those who participated, the girls who reported that they had sustained a TBI at some point were more likely to claim that they had experienced psychological distress. They were also more likely to respond that they had been victimized by bullies, smoked cigarettes and contemplated committing suicide.

Why these differences exist

Researchers were unable to determine what made girls more susceptible to these effects than boys who had incurred a TBI since the results were self-reported, states Time. However, the researchers suspect that these differences could exist due to several specific factors. These include hormonal differences, differences in the treatment received, differences in cognitive abilities or some combination of all of these factors.

The four categories of effects

Although there are numerous physical and emotional issues both female and male TBI victims can experience, WebMD states that they can be divided into four major categories. These include the following:

  • Behavioral or emotional - those who sustain a brain injury may become unusually irritable or impatient. They may also experience a reduced tolerance to stress, deny their disability and become abnormally aggressive.
  • Perceptual - Some of the perceptual symptoms TBI victims may experience may include a change in their vision, hearing or touch and an inability to sense time. Additionally, TBI victims may experience balance issues, spatial disorientation and a heightened sensitivity to pain.
  • Physical - extreme mental and physical fatigue, tremors, seizures, paralysis, sleep disorders and slurred speech are all some of the potential physical effects of brain damage.
  • Cognitive - Those who sustain trauma to their head may have a hard time processing information or expressing their thoughts. They may also experience memory loss, a shortened attention span, an impaired ability to make decisions and an inability to understand abstract concepts.

Those who sustain a TBI in Virginia may require extensive medical and rehabilitative care to overcome the physical, cognitive, emotional and perceptual effects they experience. If you incurred brain damage in an accident, speak with an attorney in your area to determine what compensation may be available to you.

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