Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What is Post-Concussive Syndome (PCS)?

Post-Concussive Syndrome (PCS) or concussion is a a cluster of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional symptoms that occur after a blow, fall, or hit to the head. This type of injury can disrupt the normal function of the brain. While the symptoms are often described as mild and not life threatening, they can be disabling.
Some symptoms may appear right away, while others may take days or weeks after the injury.
Sometimes the injury may make it hard for people to recognize or admit that they are having problems.


1. Low grade headaches that won't go away
2. Difficulty paying attention or concentrating
3. Difficulty remembering things
4. Difficulty organizing and planning
5. Slowness in thinking
6. Getting lost easily
7. Lack of energy
8. Loss of sense of smell or taste
9. Ringing in ears
10. Behavior and personality changes

After a concussion, some people may lose consciousness, but not always - YOU CAN HAVE A BRAIN INJURY WITHOUT LOSING CONSCIOUSNESS.
Sometimes a whiplash can cause a concussion.

A neuropsychological evaluation is essential in 1) determining whether your difficulties are due to PCS or something else and 2) in providing treatment recommemdations as indicated.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these problems, please contact our office (949) 481-8414 to schedule a neuropsychological evaluation.

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