Elizabeth Part 8 – Frontal Deficits After Brain Injury
Since much of our frontal lobe development happens in teenage/early adult years, adult behaviors are often impacted when frontal lobe injury occurs. Although Elizabeth describes her cognitive knowledge to be like an eighth grader, this also pertains to her ability to function independently. Elizabeth’s husband discusses some of her problems related to frontal lobe dysfunction—i.e., taking hours to decide what to wear, needing reminders regarding what needs to be done, being disorganized, difficulty multi-tasking and trouble completing tasks. While he thinks her cognitive ability is a bit smarter than an eighth grader, he would place her maturity level here because of her temper and self-esteem issues.