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The Traumatized Brain

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

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.

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CBD Oil for Anxiety

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

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Paul-Coskie

 

Amy Zellmer

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

Chicken Soup for the Soul

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

 

When was the last time you snapped?

When we Snap     I don’t mean your fingers.

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.

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Artist and poet: Leigh has a rare syndrome where her cognitive abilities are boosted following a head trauma
Artist and poet: Leigh has a rare syndrome where her cognitive abilities are boosted following a head trauma

A cowgirl in the US who suffered a catastrophic brain injury woke up as an accidental genius.

Leigh Erceg, 47, was a ranchworker in Colorado when she tumbled into a ravine, causing terrible spine and head wounds which left doctors in fear for her life.

But as she recovered, she found she had become a gifted poet and artist, as well as a maths whizz, with no memory of her former life – even her mum.

Leigh is thought to be the only person on the planet with acquired savant syndrome – where cognitive ability in certain areas is vastly enhanced in later life. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE