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There is nothing “mild” about a mild brain injury. The effects can range from headaches and fatigue to difficulty concentring and changes in vision. Fortunately, these effects are usually short term but for some, the consequences can be more serious and long lasting. These blogs on mild brain injury provide information and support.

What Does Brain Injury Awareness Mean?

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This month is brain injury awareness month. I read it on a brain injury resource website. Ironically, most people who are going to that website, are quite aware of the impact mild or severe brain injuries can have on our lives. Where is the awareness in the media? Where is the awareness that everyday people like me suffer brain injuries just like athletes and military personnel?

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How to Help a Friend with a Concussion

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Your buddy or teammate or family member has sustained a concussion. Maybe you don’t believe it. Maybe she doesn’t believe it. Listen up: BELIEVE IT. There is no way to prove that someone has had a concussion. The only way for her to recover quickly and fully is to Rest.

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MTBI & PTSD – Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury by David Grant

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I watched her sleep today. Always the first one up in the morning, my brain often waking up an hour or more before I do, today I had the luxury of not jumping tight out of bed.

And she was smiling in her sleep.

And I was glad… glad that she was able to find a measure of peace away from the daily challenges of life.

We’ve all heard that old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words. But looks can indeed be quite deceiving. A face smiling back at you as you look at a picture tells you so little. Rather than a using picture to tell the tale, today I opt for the Thousand Words.

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Embracing Your New Self after Brain Injury

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Amanda Nachman was an elementary schoolteacher for fifteen years prior to her mild traumatic brain injury in 2011. She is still working on her recovery, and writing to share her story to get the word out that not only athletes and soldiers are dealing with this invisible disability, but people we come across every day can be affected by the impact concussions can have on us. She is hoping she can help change the way the medical field responds to others who find themselves in a similar situation.

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Even Teachers Get Concussions by Amanda Nachman

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Amanda Nachman was an elementary schoolteacher for fifteen years prior to her mild traumatic brain injury in 2011. She is still working on her recovery, and writing to share her story to get the word out that not only athletes and soldiers are dealing with this invisible disability, but people we come across every day can be affected by the impact concussions can have on us. She is hoping she can help change the way the medical field responds to others who find themselves in a similar situation.

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TBI Student Survivor and School Success

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That last day of school in June felt liberating. I had the whole summer to recover and possibly a chance to go back to school full time in the fall. However, what I did not realize was that the stress was just beginning. Except for being tutored in two subjects a few days a week at school, I had not done any work at all from October-June. I had basically missed my entire sophomore year (I finished English, though) and I had to make it up somehow in one summer.

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TBI and PTSD – Is there a difference?

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The symptoms and changes caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are both similar and different. It can be stressful, frustrating, and difficult for family, spouses, and caregivers to know which condition is causing the changes in behavior, emotions or cognition. These invisible wounds are much harder to recognize than the physical changes, but they can be life altering. As wounded warriors return home, their families are struggling to understand their effects. Using an example of erratic driving and road rage, this blog post illustrates the compounded effects of PTSD and TBI.

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Let’s Not Forget about Concussion in Children and Young Athletes

Concussions in professional sports and college athletes are gaining increasing attention with increased reporting in the National Football League and closer monitoring of symptoms. But the effects of concussions on children and youth over time are still largely unknown. Because the child’s brain is still developing, the long-term consequences of concussions in youth are still unclear and in need of research and study.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion in Veterans

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Many veterans have undiagnosed brain injuries or concussions from blasts and explosions. Some soldiers have had multiple concussions. This free article lists the common symptoms of brain injury and gives tips for healing and managing symptoms. Veterans and soldiers with these symptoms should be evaluated for concussion and blast injury to receive early treatment and to help recovery.

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Overlooking Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Concussion

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Concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury in adults. Concussion symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating. Mild traumatic brain injury is a “hidden” condition because too often it is not diagnosed by medical professionals. Many individuals are unaware that their brain has been injured and do not see a doctor or go to an emergency department. Most symptoms are temporary but some adults have long term effects with post concussion syndrome.

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