Post Concussion Syndrome Specialist

Jacobi Care

Matthew A. Jacobs, DO

Psychiatry & Virtual Reality Psychiatry located in Palo Alto, CA

Post concussion syndrome leaves you suffering from the symptoms of a concussion long after the injury should have healed. If you're still getting symptoms of concussion more than three months after a blow to the head, board-certified psychiatrist Matthew Jacobs, DO, of Jacobi Care in Palo Alto, California, can help. Dr. Jacobs offers online telepsychiatry consultations for patients with post-concussion syndrome to address your symptoms. Find out how to access high-quality treatment from the comfort of home by calling Jacobi Care today or booking an appointment online.

Post Concussion Syndrome Q&A

What is post concussion syndrome?

Post concussion syndrome is a disorder in which the symptoms of concussion persist even when you should have recovered from the initial injury.

A concussion is a mild kind of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It's typically due to hitting your head or having your head shaken with some force. Symptoms of concussion can develop soon after the injury or as many as 10 days later.

These symptoms normally go away within three months, but when you have post concussion syndrome, they can continue for a year or even longer. This condition can affect you regardless of the severity of your head injury.

What are the symptoms of post concussion syndrome?

Common post concussion syndrome symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to noise and light

You may experience some, many, or all of these symptoms when you have post concussion syndrome.

What causes post concussion syndrome?

The exact cause of post concussion syndrome isn't clear. There are two possible explanations:

Physical damage

Your symptoms could be due to structural brain damage or a problem with the chemical messaging system in your brain resulting from the injury that led to your concussion.

Psychological factors

Common symptoms of post concussion syndrome like headaches, insomnia, and dizziness resemble those that people experience when they have mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Post concussion syndrome is more likely to affect people who've had these conditions or are under severe stress.

It's quite likely that both of these potential causes play some part in your post concussion syndrome.

How is post concussion syndrome treated?

There isn't a specific treatment that Dr. Jacobs can use to cure post concussion syndrome, so your treatment aims to address the symptoms you're experiencing. Potential therapies for common symptoms of post concussion syndrome include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antihypertensive medications
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Focused rehabilitation
  • Occupational or speech therapy
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Psychotherapy

These treatments can help reduce headaches and allow you to sleep, as well as addressing issues like depression and anxiety.

If you have symptoms of post concussion syndrome after a head injury, call Jacobi Care today and arrange a secure online telehealth consultation or book an appointment online.