Ongoing Concussion

Sound icon Stage Four (Persistent symptoms)

Most people (80-90%) will not continue into this stage, but will return to usual function following the previous three stages of recovery.

However, if your recovery has taken you months, it is important to work towards a balanced life where you can enjoy your work as well as your home and social life.


Sound icon Lifestyle Balance Following Mild Head Injury

As you try to resume all your roles, it is important to be mindful to:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Give yourself more time than usual for each task, reduce time pressures
  • Complete one task a at a time so to not overwhelm yourself as you readjust
  • Not overthink / or ruminate over things that you cannot change or control (acceptance)
  • Pre-plan for your day’s activities, to ensure enough time for all tasks
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Reduce Expectations on yourself
  • Remember that errors can be made at any time and are not necessarily as a direct result of your concussion
  • Say no, if you cannot fit something in.


It can be the case that your thoughts/feelings come to the surface a little more readily

  • Breathe or count before you respond
  • Walk away, if you must remain discreet
  • Crying is ok, it does not mean you are necessarily sad or depressed.
  • If you are concerned about your mood, you can discuss this with your GP or visit Beyond Blue (external site) 


Confidence is the key to progressing, so start small and give things a go.


Sound icon For some people, your initial symptoms have escalated and spiralled to take over your life, see Factors Impacting Recovery. If so, you may need to go back to Stage One to better manage the symptoms of headaches, dizziness and nausea and to establish a better sleep wake cycle before you progress through Stages 2 - 4.


The State Head Injury Unit is a public sector service available to all individuals from 16-65 years who have suffered a severe concussion and require support and services to make their best recovery. It is based at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, but it is a state-wide service to cater for people in the community. You can contact the service between the hours of 8:30 – 4:30 on weekdays, on 6457 4488. You can receive education and guidance via telephone, attend appointments at the unit, links to services closer to home and for people in the Perth metro area home appointments if necessary. The service is made up of a range of allied health professionals including Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Social Work and Speech Pathology. We do not have a Medical Doctor attached to the unit.

Last Updated: 20/05/2022