Postconcussion symptoms after head trauma: interpretation and treatment

South Med J. 1986 Jun;79(6):728-32. doi: 10.1097/00007611-198606000-00020.


Postconcussion symptoms frequently present significant barriers to recovery after head injury. For most patients, emphasis on either organic or functional factors as the sole basis for such symptoms is unwarranted. In addition to the psychologic and behavioral impact of such deficits, recognition of cognitive deficits arising from head injury is an important means of comprehending postconcussion symptoms. We recommend structured recovery programs involving the matching of cognitive capabilities to stress level in treating postconcussion symptoms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Brain Injuries / etiology
  • Brain Injuries / therapy
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology
  • Consciousness Disorders / etiology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / psychology
  • Depression / etiology
  • Humans
  • Jurisprudence
  • Perception
  • Personality
  • Prognosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Time Factors