Traumatic brain injury may occur from a number of causes including contact sports, military combat, and automobile accidents. Damage ranges from mild to severe and not only impacts the victim but family and friends. However, public understanding of traumatic brain injury lags far behind emerging brain research and scientific understanding of head trauma’s psychiatric consequences. As a result, too many traumatic brain injury victims are suffering in silence, their mood swings, personality shifts, and cognitive challenges misunderstood by even the people who know them best. A new book, The Traumatized Brain, offers guidance for all involved in regard to understanding mood, memory, and behavior after traumatic brain injury.
It has been almost ten years since traumatic brain injury (TBI) crashed into our lives, changing our family forever. People always ask, “How is your son Paul doing now? How are you, your husband, the other kids? How has your family survived?” I usually give my polite, standard answer: “Oh…thanks for asking, we’re all doing fine. And you?” But the reality is — unless you have experienced the loss, the heartache, and the ripple effects that brain injury can inflict — TO READ WHAT THE REALITY IS CLICK HERE
A TBI is much like a fingerprint or snowflake, no two are alike.
Many “outsiders” have no idea what kind of hell we are going through. They hear the word “concussion” and think it’s not big deal. Or they hear the term “traumatic brain injury” and can only imagine the most severe (think coma, bed ridden, not able to speak or walk) and figure if we’re walking and talking then we must be doing “OK.” Neither of these scenarios are correct, and I beg of you to try to understand what we’re going through. At the very least, I offer you some suggestions on how to help us cope with this stressful and frustrating time of our life. READ MORE HERE
From a TBI Meltdown Comes New Hope
Sometimes reality taps you on the shoulder with a velvet glove, while at other times reality hits you more like a sledge hammer.
It was on a cold, overcast November day in 2010 that a teenage driver struck me while I was cycling. My bike sustained significant damage. My bike was not the only casualty that day as my brain sustained significant damage as well. There is nothing pretty about being broadsided by a car at 30+ MPH. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE CHICKEN SOUP for the SOUL
As a result of aggressive interventions and rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients are living longer. The bad news is that TBI patients are living longer with pain. Patients and families may become frustrated due to the possibility of living with intractable pain. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Months later, the father mustered the strength to sort through what was left in his dead son’s bedroom.
A Little League photo collage. Mardi Gras beads from that soccer tournament in New Orleans. And a typewritten personal essay tucked into a yellow folder, with a single word pen-carved into its plastic cover:
I can learn how to talk, trust and feel through sharing my experience, strength and hope and by listening to other people share their experience, strength and hope. I have the power to choose in life. When I am being critical of other people, READ MORE
When was the last time you snapped?
We, who have experienced a TBI, have all been there: the situation where it’s too noisy, or too busy, or too bright or, with our lowered threshold, too almost anything. I’m sure you know the situation. It’s the thing others don’t understand because it is normal for them, but for us, unable as we are, to regulate CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.