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Managing Expectations Following Concussion: (Steve was diagnosed with a “mild TBI” three weeks ago and was told to follow up) 

Managing Expectations Following Concussion: (Steve was diagnosed with a “mild TBI” three weeks ago and was told to follow up)
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Managing Expectations Following Concussion: (Steve was diagnosed with a “mild TBI” three weeks ago and was told to follow up)
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Brian Hainline

, Lindsey J. Gurin

, and Daniel M. Torres

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190937447.003.0011
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date: 16 April 2021

Individuals who sustain a concussion must understand that they may have various symptoms, that these should improve considerably within days, and that complete recovery is expected. However, a notable minority of individuals develop persistent symptoms following concussion, and such symptoms may be misconstrued. For example, some individuals who have sustained a concussion may become fearful that they will develop a progressive neurologic condition or even a brain degenerative disease. Such thinking can lead to maladaptations and comorbid psychiatric symptoms or disorders, which can prolong recovery from concussion. Thus, early education, empowerment, and management of expectations are important parts of concussion management.

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