Concussion

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What is concussion?

A concussion is a type of brain injury that may or may not be accompanied by loss of consciousness lasting seconds to minutes. Concussions are a common type of injury related to sports but can also occur from a blow to the head or fall involving the head.

Common symptoms reported by people with concussion

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with concussion

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
depressed mood (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
depressed mood (28) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
anxious mood (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
depressed mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (9) depressed mood (7)

Data from patients with concussion, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with concussion

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth sexual dysfunction 14 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
anorgasmia auditory hallucinations 14 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) anxious mood 11 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (28) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
crying dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
anxious mood (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
edema (fluid retention) numbness in face 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain binge eating episodes 6 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry eye syndrome dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea erectile dysfunction 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea sleepiness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
male sexual dysfunction decreased sex drive (libido) 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (9) depressed mood (7)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with concussion, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has concussion on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 20
20s 312
30s 1,117
40s 1,253
50s 1,082
60s 441
70+ 105
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 106
20-29 years 91
30-39 years 92
40-49 years 96
50-59 years 68
60-69 years 29
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

50% Female
50% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 715
Not Diagnosed 102

These charts show data from concussion patients who have completed their condition history
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