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badge2Care and treatment of acquired and traumatic brain injury must address wide array of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms.

Measurement for Brain Injury

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The measurement of physical improvement after an injury resulting from a Traumatic Brain Injury is initially the medical indications of brain activity through signs of physiological activity. This may be even during the time a person is in a coma.

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How much does traumatic brain injury really cost society?

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Despite what some people – and it seems most insurance adjusters may think – TBI doesn’t go away when the accident victim is released from the hospital or when the lawsuit ends. In fact — as the public becomes more and more aware of the real consequences to many professional athletes and football players in particular who have suffered head injuries during their playing careers — very real and devastating consequences can lie in store, even for less immediately debilitating head injuries and concussions.

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Living a New Normal – Part One

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My name is Madeline Uretsky, and I am a 16 year old high school student/athlete; I play soccer, ice hockey, and track, am an active member in my school/class, an honor roll student, and a very positive person. In a matter of seconds, all of this changed for me. You never think it’s going to happen to you.

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The Story of Your Brain Injury

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Learning to tell the story of our life after a brain injury, either as a survivor or a family caregiver, is a powerful method of exploring what we now believe to be true about ourselves and our lives. Our brains naturally perceive through story, and we live according to the stories we believe to be true. Most of this happens without our awareness, but by journaling we can consciously explore our beliefs and choose to release those that no longer serve us in positive ways. And when our pre-injury story no longer holds true, we can use journaling to create a new one that acknowledges our new reality and builds upon it.

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Managing Behavior in Children after Brain Injury or TBI

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Managing the behavior of students with traumatic brain injury can be challenging and frustrating for teachers, therapists and parents. Katherine Kimes explains four types of behavior management strategies that can be used in rehabilitation as well as at home and in school. By understanding how to identify changes in behaviors that are related to the brain injury or TBI and then measuring those behaviors, educators and therapists can develop and implement a plan to encourage positive adaptive behaviors and to decrease “problem” behaviors in children and adolescents.

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Getting Help for PTSD is a Step Forward for Veterans

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“Admitting that you have an issue with PTSD isn’t a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you are truly a strong person. Actively seeking a treatment plan or someone to talk with can be one of the most difficult things to do in your life, but it also can be one of the most rewarding.” These are the words of Matt Brown who knows first hand how hard it can be to ask for help.

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Behavioral Changes in Children and Adolescents with Brain Injury

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Changes in a child or adolescent’s behavior after a brain injury can be upsetting for parents and frustrating for teachers at school. A brain injury can cause behavioral, emotional and psychosocial problems, issues that were not once there for the student. Katherine Kimes describes what these changes in behavior may look like in the classroom. She discusses the complex interaction between damage to the youth’s brain, reactions by the student, and the child’s pre-existing abilities.

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How to Journal After Brain Injury (Even if You Can’t Write by Hand)

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Journaling after brain injury can help both survivors and family caregivers. If you haven’t journaled before, it helps to know that there are no rules to follow (except perhaps to date all your entries) and that you can adapt the process to suit yourself and your abilities. This includes the way you journal. You can write by hand in a journal or notebook. You can type into a computer file, or use voice-recognition software to speak your journal entries. And if none of these methods are available to you, you can ask a trusted person to scribe your words without changing them or making any judgments. There are some tips that can help you make the most of your journaling practice. All you have to do is give yourself permission to write.

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A Retreat for Wounded Warriors and Their Families – Making a Difference

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A retreat for Wounded Warriors, led by Tim and Shannon Maxwell, addresses the wounds of war by creating a network of support and information for veterans and their wives. Aptly titled, Meeting of the Minds, Bob Cluett reflects on the unique bonds among Wounded Warriors and the importance of the team and the unit for Marines. Hosted by SemperMax, this grass roots organization is composed of Marines and veterans who are committed to supported Wounded Warriors through the challenges of treatment and recovery as they rebuild their lives and futures.

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Benefits of Journaling for Survivors of Brain Injury and Family Caregivers

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The practice of journaling can help people with brain injury and family caregivers by offering stress relief, respite, self-empowerment, and possibly even some health benefits. In more than 200 controlled studies done since the mid-1980s, “expressive writing” about deep feelings and thoughts has been demonstrated to offer significant benefits for body, mind, and spirit. Most of the studies asked participants from diverse groups to write about a traumatic event, although a few asked them to write about a positive event or theme. Regardless of the subject, the results tended to be beneficial for large numbers of participants, even though the total writing time over several sessions was usually less than 90 minutes.

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