The link between domestic violence and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is not currently widely considered. Sometimes the cognitive decline caused by a TBI can be mistaken in these situations as stress or a mental illness.
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Suzie Christenson is the director of the Rochester Women’s Shelter, she says many of the women they help out have experienced such trauma. She says they notice a lot of the common side effects in these women; like memory issues, headaches, confusion and inability to made decisions. She says many times these symptoms can be misdiagnosed as a mental illness. One misconception with TBI is that there must be severe and obvious trauma in order for TBI to occur, but a person doesn’t need to lose consciousness to be at risk.