bananafangirl (bananafangirl) wrote in little_details,

diminished mental capacity caused by injury, degenerative brain disease

The setting for this is modern day, US, probably California.

Googled 'degenerative brain disease' but the results were all about the elderly. Googled 'diminished mental capacity'/variations but what I came up with was about how it pertains to law. And I'm not really sure how to go about researching something like this with the specific but broad criteria I have.

Basically, I need an injury or some kind of disease that could cause diminished mental capacity in a previously relatively healthy late teens/early twenties male. It can be caused by any number of things: disease-as previously mentioned, drug OD, car crash, fight, suicide attempt (character has a history of depression), etc. His background is changeable based on what I decide to go with.

I would prefer that he retain relatively functional motor skills, or at least be able to regain them through therapy in the case of an injury. If it's a result of injury I would prefer it not leave him massively crippled, but recovery time being long isn't an issue. In patient/out patient time in a hospital/therapy doesn't matter, actually I'd prefer something that keeps him in it more.

I can do further research on my own, I just really need the basics for the possibilities for this because I have no idea where to start.
Tags: ~medicine: illnesses to order, ~medicine: injuries to order, ~medicine: injuries: head injuries

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