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

Journaling

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Keeping a journal has many benefits. The most obvious is that is a way to record time, keep track of our accomplishments, disappointments and transformations. The added benefits are very therapeutic. For example, keeping a journal to record your feelings and thoughts provides the writer with a safe, non-judgemental place to work through what is going on for them.

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Cognitive Rehab at Home

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Brain injury can affect many areas of the brain involved in thinking, learning, remembering. and communicating. Cognitive rehabilitation aims to restore those abilities as much as possible, or teach the survivor strategies to compensate in new ways.

Cognitive rehab usually starts in the hospital or out-patient setting. But that’s just the beginning. Healing and recovering from a brain injury can take a long time. Many people can continue to make progress in specific ways for months and years after a brain injury with ongoing treatment, motivation, and practice.

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March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and Lash and Associates has an ongoing commitment to create awareness about sports and concussions.

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The Story of Your Life

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As a person with a brain injury, you have been hurt and traumatized by something most people haven’t experienced and can’t really understand. Whether your brain injury is the result of an accident, surgery, infection, military service, violence, stroke, medical emergency, or any other cause, you now must deal with a number of challenges you never imagined.

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Let’s Write!

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Does the mere thought of writing leave you cold? Perhaps it reminds you of the difficult times you had in school trying to write to the satisfaction of your teachers. Or perhaps the thought of writing about your life leaves you thinking there’s nothing in your life worth writing about. To both of these reasons for not journaling, I say: Let them go!

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What Journaling Can Do For You

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Note: I know of no studies so far that have been conducted with people with brain injury who journal. However, this kind of writing is beneficial for so many populations, it would undoubtedly be helpful for many people with brain injury. I do know that the people with brain injury in my journaling groups have benefited greatly from this practice.

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How To Journal – Part 2

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Last time, we covered some of the guidelines for satisfying, effective journaling. Now, let’s look at some journaling techniques you might find helpful.

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Journaling After Brain Injury

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Wonderful! You have decided to begin journaling. How do you get started? It could be that you simply put your pen on the paper, or your fingers on the keyboard, and go.

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A Note from Debbie

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I was desperate. I had sustained a brain injury in an automobile accident and was struggling to deal with everyday living activities. After almost burning down my home twice by leaving cooking units on unattended, I finally realized I had a problem and that it wouldn’t go away. Everything in my life that used to be so easy was now almost impossible to do without putting myself, others or property at risk.

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New Technology to Detect Concussions on the Spot

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Researchers at University of North Carolina Greensboro have started developing a device which will detect if an individual has had a concussion. The team of scientists has projected having a working prototype by the end of this year at a cost of $5 million to $10 million.

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