‘How to’ return to work
Road traffic accidents, falls, and strokes can all cause acquired brain injury (ABI). But it is increasingly recognised that Covid-19 can also cause a range of neurological issues. Image: Shutterstock
Returning to work following an acquired brain injury (ABI) should not be rushed and requires delicate planning around the survivor, their job role and the work environment.
Common forms of ABI include traumatic brain injury (often from road traffic accidents, falls or assaults), and stroke
The myth of “a phased return to work after brain injury or stroke is similar to other health conditions”.
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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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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
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:
Generalized 3 Hz spike and wave discharges in a child with childhood absence epilepsy.
Epilepsy can be triggered after traumatic brain damage such as a stroke, head trauma and some infections, yet no-one knows why some people go on to develop the life-threatening condition and others do not. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
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,
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Living things can repair themselves. Damaged skin and fractured bones heal, and a damaged liver can regenerate itself.
Only recently have scientists begun to understand this is also true of the brain. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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
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.
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