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badge2Symptoms of brain injury can range from loss of consciousness and coma to changes in physical, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral abilities and skills. The range and severity of symptoms are different for each person as each brain injury is unique.

These blog articles discuss the variety of symptoms from the persepctive of clinicians, survivors and families. They give readers a broader understanding of the complexity of brain injury symptoms and their consequences for a meaningful life.

Managing Challenging Behavior after Brain Injury

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Identification and treatment of behavior challenges after acquired brain injury (ABI) have included behavioral modification programs, medications to control abnormal behaviors, token economies, and social reinforcement. Despite the widespread recognition of behavioral issues, today few resources exist for crisis hospitalization and treatment by mental health programs.

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Children with Brain Injury: Recovery and School

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Recovery from brain injury is a long process for families and schools. An injury to a child’s brain is a physical and emotional trauma. Changing symptoms – a neurocognitive stall – may appear over a year after the brain injury. Students have new cognitive challenges in school as the brain recovers and learning becomes more complex in school. Family training and education of teachers on TBI are essential to help children cope and learn at home and in school.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Pituitary Hormones

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Pituitary hormone deficiency may result from traumatic brain injury, head trauma or subarachnoid hemorrhage (stroke). Symptoms of hormone deficiency can mimic other effects of traumatic brain injury and delay diagnosis. Physical and psychological effects of hormone deficiency are described.

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Drug Use after Brain Injury

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Alcohol and drug use after traumatic brain injury increases risks of another brain injury. Use of drugs and alcohol after TBI can worsen recovery, impair cognition, balance and problem solving. The body’s tolerance level can change after brain injury. Drinking one alcoholic beverage may be equivalent to six drinks.

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Colors for My Brain after My Brain Injury

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After the aneurysms ruptured in her brain, Mary Margaret Yeaton went home to new terrors as she forgot how to do the basic activities of getting through the day. After her brain injury simple tasks like showering, making a cup of coffee and taking medications seemed impossibly difficult. With a friend’s help she found using a color coding system gave her the cues and compensatory strategies she needed to help her memory and organization.

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