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Brain injury results in three major types of impairments.

The effects of a traumatic brain injury are quite variable among individuals and may change over time as the individual recovers. Three major types of impairment people may experience are 1) physical problems, 2) cognitive (thinking and comprehending) impairments and 3) behavior disorders. Functions such as memory, communication, speed of thinking, physical abilities, and executive functions (planning, goal setting, etc.) may be affected. There are also many psychological consequences of head injury which are often part of the individuals disabilty, such as emotional lability, frustration, poor judgement and reasoning.