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Re: Eye contact
Dec 10, 2009
Yes, traumatic brain injury is indeed a cause of many diverse symptoms. My son was misdiagnosed with Schizophrenia at age eight. It turned out to be a traumatic brain injury in which his brain was rocking back and forth-causing damage all over the brain from smacking against the skull. The accident had been kept from me by his brothers who had been afraid of getting in trouble. He had several behavioral changes within three days of the accident. He had sudden outbursts of violence. He also could not make eye contact and had other visual symptoms. One eye was larger/higher than the other. He was light sensitive, his pupils abnormally dilated. They also looked vacant, clouded. He would complain of seeing double images of his brothers which I dismissed as him just being "delusional" These are common signs of head injury. Within a year or two, and without proper treatment, my son began, 'hearing ghosts". This turned out to be due to complex partial seizures. The fact that he could not make eye contact was found to be damage to his cranial nerves in his brain. Once neurologists actually knew about the injury, my son was asked why he does not make eye contact. He explained to us that he could not lift his eyes without great effort. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

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