Brain injury after stress

by Carol
(MD)

My 17 yo son has a sudden loss of short term memory and cognitive decline after

a stressful 1st semester in college. Such that daily living and learning has been impacted significantly. He was admitted to the hospital for consults by Neuro and Psych and had a negative ct and eeg. Since then he has had several MD visits, blood work and MRI all negative. He was referred to neuropsychology and tested. The results were reported as brain injury suspected to be subcortical and multifocal with suspicion one or several strokes of a vascular nature. Now we are unsure of what to do with the results as even though the report of injury is in black and white the MD's do not seem to believe he had a stroke and believe the symptoms are "just psychological". Since we 1st discovered the problem he has been followed by a psychiatrist and medicated with no real improvement in symptoms except lower anxiety. He does have quite a bit of repression and denial. My hope is to keep his stress low and let him continue on with minimal expectation of further learning for now while he heals. My concern is that there may be an underlining medical cause for the brain injury that is not being investigated and that is is hard to believe that some level of stress could actually cause brain injury. And if so how do we prevent further episodes from occuring?

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