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Changes after a brain injury

Thinking and memory changes

In this section, you’ll learn about common thinking and memory changes that can happen after a brain injury, how they affect everyday activities, and ways to help someone who has changes in their thinking and memory.

The type of thinking and memory changes you may have after a brain injury depends on:

  • the parts of the brain that were damaged
  • how much damage there is
  • the stage of your recovery (Rancho Los Amigos level)
  • your personality and age
  • how well you were able to learn, remember, and problem solve before the injury
  • your education and work background

Talk to your healthcare provider, such as an occupational therapist, speech therapist, or neuropsychologist, for more help with treating changes in thinking.

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