If you suffered from a head injury resulting in brain trauma, the side effects could last months or even years. Traumatic brain injuries often create short- and long-term issues, including memory troubles. 

But how exactly do brain injuries impact memory? 

Short term memory loss

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center examines the impact of TBIs on memory. It is not as likely that you will lose your memories from the past. These long-term memories often stay with people even though they have trouble with recent memories, or with making new memories. “Short term memory” refers to these difficulties and challenges. 

The effects of memory loss

When you struggle with your short term memory, many aspects of daily life suffer from the impact. Some examples include: 

  • Forgetting where you put important items such as your wallet or keys 
  • Missing appointments because you forgot the times or dates 
  • Misplacing crucial documents or other people’s belongings 
  • Forgetting to complete basic tasks such as laundry, grocery shopping, etc. 

Of course, your work life can suffer, too. Your forgetfulness may be particularly harmful if it affects the safety of other employees or slows production. In severe cases, you may find yourself incapable of completing your work tasks or doing your job to standard. Many people become unable to work at all following a severe TBI. 

Coping techniques

Organization tools such as an online or paper calendar and lists can help overcome the difficulties arising from memory loss. Slowing down, focusing intentionally and asking people to repeat things may also help you cope with the challenges. You may be able to find a support group or turn to friends and family for help with the emotional aspect of your condition.