Women and Traumatic Brain Injuries
by Tmeade1 on October 28, 2016 - 12:09am
For many years, people have assumed that concussions only affected male athletes, and soldiers. During my research on women that suffer from traumatic brain injuries, I learned that women suffer different symptoms from concussions than do males. Researchers have discovered that even a mild concussion can cause infertility, memory loss, slowed thoughts and reflexes, light and sound sensitivity, fatigue and poor sleep, problems with vision and hearing, as well as gastrointestinal problems, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), impulsivity, confusion, and impaired judgement.
I chose the magazine article, Women & Concussion: An under-recognized danger, because I wanted to explore the causes and effects Traumatic Brain Injuries have on women. The author of the article stressed the importance of women receiving equal treatment as men do, when recovering from a concussion. The article also discusses the three major factors that contribute to the improper care of TBI in women, which consist of: Inadequate Vehicle Design, Drug Side Effects, and Lack of Symptom Recognition For Women’s Head Injuries. The author that “...a man and a woman sitting in the same car crash are likely to to suffer very different injuries.” Studies have shown that cars weren’t necessarily built for women, in fact the author went on to say that “...cars are designed for the average male Army recruit.” Since 2011, automobile companies began the use of female test dummies in their safety testing. Women tend to sit closer to the steering wheel, whereas men sit a little further back. If a car accident was to take place, the airbag can damage the female driver, while the male driver would not be injured due to the sitting position. The man is more likely to not suffer whiplash due to his stronger muscles, and heavier bones. A woman is more likely to suffer a neck injury three times than men, in a car accident. There are some hazardous medications that are prescribed to women for insomnia, depression and anxiety.
Upon reading the article, I now understand that a TBI can cause a variety of symptoms--even if it’s a mild case. The author, who is a women’s health activist, did a excellent job explaining how cases of TBI aren’t taken serious for women, as they are for men. Having suffered a concussion, I now understand why things have been so challenging for me cognitively. As the article explained, it takes a woman months, and even years to recover from a concussion.