February is Psychology Month in Canada. According to the Canadian Psychological Association:
“Psychology Month is celebrated every February to teach Canadians how psychology works to help them live healthy and happy lives, help their communities flourish, help their employers create effective workplaces, and help their governments develop good policies.”
The Short Term Impact of Concussions on Psychology
Concussions and Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) both have an enormously wide array of symptoms, a number of which are psychological – these fall into the category of symptoms we call Emotional & Behavioural. The other categories of concussion symptoms are Physical, Cognitive, and Sleep Disturbance.
Common Emotional & Behavioural symptoms include irritability, depression, and moodiness. If you are experiencing these or any other concussion symptoms, MyoWorx® can help.
The Long Term Impact of Concussions on Psychology
In recent years, scientists have discovered the link between repeated concussions and a build up of tau proteins in the brain that leads to the development of a degenerative brain disease: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This condition and its findings have recently been popularized by the infamous lawsuit of retired NFL players against their association, as well as the Will Smith movie, Concussion.
According to Psychology Today, CTE is “associated with memory loss, impaired judgment, paranoia, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia.”
Keep Your Brain Safe
The key to promoting psychology awareness is to remember that like any other organ in your body, the brain is worthy of protection and care. It is just as prone to long-term effects from damage as the heart and lungs.
Much like you should avoid smoking because it damages your lungs, you should strive to avoid head trauma because it can have long-term effects on your brain. It’s also key to remember that your psychological condition is just as important to your quality of life as your physical condition.
Whenever possible, protect your brain from concussions – whether that means wearing a helmet or abstaining from risky activities. If you suspect you have received a concussion, seek out medical attention immediately. Finally, if you have received a concussion, focus on getting better as soon as possible – the MyoWorx® treatment can help with that. Above all, be sure to avoid putting yourself at risk for a second concussion before the first has healed.