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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.

Where Did My Memory Go after My Brain Injury?

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Changes in her memory and speech after a traumatic brain injury were difficult losses for Bridgid Ruden. Formerly a busy nurse practitioner, she now found it hard to do even the simplest tasks and errands. Even caring for her children and managing the household were constant challenges and frustrations as she frequently lost items as well as words. So many losses changed her sense of self and were further compounded by seizures. Yet she has found a new purpose in life and is now a powerful advocate and speaker for the many voices of survivors.

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Restoring Confidence after Brain Injury

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The other day I was writing about confidence after we suffer a loss. It sparked me to look at all the ways in which one’s confidence can be shattered. Events such as the death of a loved one, infidelity, divorce, relationship changes, a job loss, financial disaster and compromised health all came to mind. I was also reminded of the many individuals where a lack of confidence became a problem after they suffered a brain injury.

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Brain Injury, Alcohol and the Holidays

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Alcohol flows freely during holidays with parties and celebrations, but for brain injury survivors, families, and caregivers, it can have unexpected effects. Janelle Breese Biagioni explores how moderation or avoidance of alcohol can help reduce the stress of holidays with practical tips for caregivers and persons with brain injury.

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Maintaining Structure and Routine during the Holidays after a Traumatic Brain Injury

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The Holiday Season, although typically merry and festive, brings added pressures to our daily routine. With shopping, increased food preparation, house guests, frequent visitors, financial stress, and more demands on time, the inevitable occurs; A change in routine.

Change, although it tends to be a good thing as it helps one become, too much change and in a short time span can produce negative results for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survivors. Too much change could potentially result in: back tracking on earlier progress that was made and/or getting out of a set regiment thus having to re-learn areas that were previously mastered. Having a daily routine helps one stay on track with set goals, stabilizes a set schedule, and provides a framework in which repetition for specific tasks or activities can successfully be accomplished. The need for a set routine does not magically disappear when the Holidays appear.

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Brain Injury – Surviving Holiday Stress

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For some people, the holidays can be an exciting time revolving around the hustle and bustle of baking, entertaining, welcoming out-of-town guests, shopping, and more. For others, the holidays can be a time of loneliness and isolation. Whether it is positive or not-so-positive, the holidays are usually a source of stress for all. For a survivor of a brain injury, however, the holidays can feel even more overwhelming and can lead to new daily challenges that can make not just the holiday season a struggle, but can also affect day-to-day living. The following tips can be useful for all individuals battling seasonal stressors, but can be especially good survival tips for those who have survived a brain injury (and their caregivers).

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Cognitive Dimension TBI Improvement

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A traumatic brain injury greatly affects the cognitive thought process. Every aspect of thought can be challenged, e.g., attention, memory, reasoning ability, language.

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Being Accountable after Brain Injury

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We have all been in situations where we did something that was careless or thoughtless and caused distress for others. An example would be bumping into a table and knocking off a treasured ornament, smashing it into a gazillion pieces. We feel foolish and may even say, “Oh my goodness, look what I’ve done. I am so sorry. That was completely my fault. Please let me replace it for you.” Don’t confuse this with self-blame – this is being accountable for one’s action and making amends or rectifying the situation.

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Holidays after Brain Injury

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If you are a brain injury survivor, struggling to cope with daily life, special events can cause an almost intolerable amount of stress and anxiety. You are already dealing with extreme fatigue and have the full time job of rehabilitating from a brain injury. Financial situations and family relationships are often strained. Similar feelings may apply to caregivers as well. Managing the holidays may seem impossible – but there are some strategies you can use to help keep the joy in the season.

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The Importance of a Rehabilitation Focus in Recovery after Brain Injury

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Rehabilitation after brain injury is hard. It is not fun. It isn’t glamorous. But it is THE most important component to a person’s recovery.

A rehab program is customized to meet the needs of the person and involves professionals such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and a neuropsychologist. Rehab can be done at home, in an outpatient setting at the hospital, a rehab facility or in a medical clinic. The goal of rehabilitation is to assist the person in restoring functions they lost as a result of the brain injury but that can be restored, or to learn how to do things differently if those functions cannot be restored. While rehabilitation sounds like an event, in my opinion, it is more like a process… a process that is built upon each time the person does the work. A process takes time… sometimes a long time.

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Social Dimension TBI Improvement

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Social interactions with other people can be very difficult for a TBI survivor. A person’s personality is the way he interacts with others and the way he responds to various situations. Brain injury can often have cause a person to have heightened emotions and react to situations with anxiety and lack of control. Therefore, a person’s social response to various situations is probably one of the most noticeable dimensions in behavior.

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