Here are the criteria to diagnose Major Neurocognitive Disease Due To Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
- A significant TBI must be documented through medical history, neuroimaging, and physical examination.
- A significant cognitive decline occurs: Clinical evaluations and neuropsychological testing must show that there is evidence of significant cognitive impairment.
- It must be severe enough that the cognitive impairments interfere with daily life: These cognitive deficiencies must interfere with every day activities such as self-care, work, and social interactions.
- Cognitive deficits can’t be explained better by any other mental disorder.
- Cognitive deficits can not be blamed on normal aging.
- Cognitive deficits continue beyond the acute period after injury: These cognitive deficits last beyond the acute period following an injury. This is the period that occurs within the first few weeks.
To diagnose Major Neurocognitive Disease Due to TBI you must show evidence of significant TBI and a decline in cognitive function. Additionally, cognitive impairments that interfere with everyday activities are required. This cognitive impairment cannot be explained with another mental disorder, or attributable to normal aging. They also persist after the injury.