Carbon monoxide poisoning and brain injury/trauma
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause cellular injury/trauma throughout the brain and body. It
deprives all cells of oxygen and has a toxic effect.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause physical brain injury/trauma
Physical brain injuries are typically caused by physical impacts. However, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause
physical injury from cellular destruction/damage caused by oxygen deprivation.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause toxic brain injury/trauma
Toxic brain injury/trauma can be caused by exposure to any number of neurotoxins including heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and fuels, chemicals in the work
place, heavy smoking, heavy drinking, heavy drug use, or the toxic effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause emotional brain injury/trauma
Emotional injury/trauma can be caused when a person perceives they have little or no control over what is
happening to them.
- Acute emotional injury/trauma can be caused by any event that has a strong one-time emotional
impact such as being a victim of a crime, the death of a loved one, or being in an accident. A carbon monoxide
poisoning accident often violates a survivor in what is supposed to be a safe environment: their home, vehicle,
work, camper, etc. The survivor did not see it coming and had no control over what was happening.
- Chronic emotional injury/trauma can be caused by ongoing stress such as living under constant
financial stress, being in an abusive relationship, or even living with partner that has a brain injury. After
poisoning a survivor could face high levels of ongoing stress due to major life changes.
The carbon monoxide poisoning triple whammy effect
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause a "triple whammy effect" of physical, toxic, and emotional injury/trauma all
at the same time. Any of which can impact brain
functioning and the physical,
mental, emotional and behavioral, and
social aspects of a survivors life.
All forms of brain injury/trauma can alter brain functioning
Brain injury/trauma can cause parts of the brain to "lock" or easily be "triggered" into a fight, flight, or
freeze response which then affects behavior in many ways ranging from subtle to extreme.
Brain injury/trauma can cause the brain to get stuck into or easily switch into a "hypervigilant" state, meaning the brain locks into a state of trying to be ready for what may
be coming next. This can cause the brain (and therefore the person) to be easily triggered, reactive, and
The brain is unable to be "hypervigilant" all the time. This can result in a range of problems including
difficulty concentrating, impaired memory, emotional outbursts, slowed thinking, depression, exhaustion, and other
This can disrupt sleep rhythms and the ability to sleep properly which then further negatively impacts health
and the life of the survivor.
Why is carbon monoxide dangerous?
The science behind carbon monoxide poisoning
The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning
How symptoms and effects can show themselves after
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