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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.


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



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

How TBI caregivers can get the support they need

Caregivers of TBI

Let me tell you the story about Mary and Joe, a couple who have been married for 15 years. Mary, a former project manager, had made an appointment with me because she was concerned about the drastic changes that had occurred in her relationship with Joe since his discharge from the hospital 18 months earlier. She worried that Joe had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when the driver of a dump truck dozed off and struck Joe’s car head-on,



For some of the approximately 10 million people worldwide with traumatic brain injury (TBI), forming and holding onto new memories can be one of the hardest things they’ll do in a day. Now imagine a device implanted in the brain that can help them encode memories by means of small electric shocks. Initial steps toward such a memory neuroprosthetic are being taken at the University of Pennsylvania, where researchers have started tests on brain surgery patients to try to locate, and influence, the processes that control memory formation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

My Traumatic Brain Injury… Meet Diego

Alfred Health’s Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre opened at Caulfield Hospital in September 2014 and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) has been there every step of the way to support new research that promises to advance care for patients, like 29-year-old Diego Mercado.  


The driving forces behind rehabilitation research at the Centre are researchers like Associate Professor Natasha Lannin, from La Trobe University and Alfred Health, and staff at the Centre such as Katrina Neave, Nurse Manager. Their desire to make interventions for people with Acquired Brain Injury even better, allowing many more people to resume the activities they did before they had the injury. This is inspirational research and both say their motivation comes from the patients who will benefit from the research. Patients like Diego Mercado.


Calls to better support women with acquired brain injuries caused by domestic violence

Domestic violence support workers are calling for greater recognition and help for the hidden number of women suffering from acquired brain injury after being abused.


The number of children in protection in Australia is rising and support groups say that could be a result of an epidemic of undiagnosed acquired brain injury.

They say with better awareness, diagnosis and therapy, women would not have to suffer the loss of their children as a result of domestic violence injuries.