4.2 Difficulties

Recognise normal difficulties that may occur with memory, attention and concentration Q

Personal experiences of cognitive difficulties

You do not have to suffer a TBI to experience difficulties with your cognitive processes. We all experience normal difficulties with our cognitive processes at one time or another. For example, we may become forgetful when we are very stressed about another topic.

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Your own experiences of forgetfulness, difficulties paying attention, poor concentration, or headaches (particularly migraines), illness, and fatigue can affect your ability to perform regular duties. They can especially affect things that require a lot of attention for example, when you are learning something new eg starting a new job, learning to drive.

Even minor changes in cognitive efficiency can really make simple things challenging. People with TBI experience all these normal deficits in cognitive function, but also have more severe deficits resulting from their injury.