What Are Concussions and TBI?

A concussion is a brain injury that results from a hard hit to the head. Concussions often occur during contact sports such as football and basketball. Concussions are a major problem in our community because of the popularity of contact and collision sports. 

You may also experience a concussion after a car accident or bad fall. Rarely, a person who has multiple concussions may develop complications such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Concussions are the mildest, and by far the most common, form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the large majority of cases, symptoms go away after a few weeks. However, in some cases, symptoms won’t go away and require long-term management and expert care. There are also severe forms of TBI caused by bruising of brain tissue or destruction of brain connections due to severe direct hits to the brain, or high-speed changes in head position such as traffic accidents. These injuries can cause permanent damage that can make once-simple tasks, such as remembering a person’s name, difficult.

With specialized care from Sheppard Pratt, we help your loved one maximize their healing. 

Neuropsychiatry Concussion Care at Sheppard Pratt 

Margo Lauterbach, MD is the lead provider of concussion care at the Neuropsychiatry Program. Neuropsychiatric symptoms of a concussion can cause thinking, mood, and memory problems, as well as sleep difficulties. These issues can bring unexpected changes to your loved one’s daily life and present challenges that affect your entire family. 

At Sheppard Pratt, there’s hope. We offer expertise in treating neuropsychiatric concussion symptoms. Our family approach to care includes meeting your loved one’s physical needs while also providing emotional support to family caregivers.

Neuropsychiatric Concussion Symptoms We Treat 

We successfully treat neuropsychiatric concussion and TBI symptoms that include: 

  • Thinking problems: Trouble with concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Memory issues: Challenges remembering new information (memory loss)
  • Physical symptoms: Headaches, lack of energy, or sensitivity to light 
  • Emotional problems: Irritability, sadness, or anxiousness
  • Sleep issues: Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping more than usual 

Our Neuropsychiatry Offerings for Concussion

We help concussion and TBI patients get relief from symptoms with offerings that include:

  • Neuropsychiatric evaluations: We accurately diagnose the presenting problem so your loved one can receive effective care and support.
  • Personalized treatment plans: Developing a care plan that meets your loved one’s unique needs helps him or her achieve the best results. This plan may include psychiatric medications, family therapy, and more. Find out more about neuropsychiatric treatments.

Contact Us

For more information about our neuropsychiatry services, or to make an appointment, call us at 410-938-4981. 

Learn more about preparing for your neuropsychiatry appointment.