Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the...

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Can I be Objective and Have Empathy after my Brain Injury?

One thing that has confused me since my TBI is empathy. I want everyone to have it and forgive me when I'm rude, forgetful, and overwhelmed. More than anything, I...

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Magic as Therapy after Brain Injury

Being disabled is not fun! A car collision for me in 2000 resulted in a coma, fractured C1-C4 vertebrae, a Traumatic Brain Injury, and one and a half years...

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Why Bother with Families after Brain Injury?

Writing for families gets little support or recognition in clinical and academic circles. It’s time to rethink biases and disincentives that leave families uninformed and searching for information about brain...

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Finding Purpose In Being a Brain Injury Survivor by Mike Heikes

The autobiography of Brain Injury Survivor and five time cross country charity bicyclist Mike Heikes. Mike formed "helmets For Kids", giving away thousands of free helmets. It tells how Mike...

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The Grip of Anniversaries

As I write this, the calendar says July 5, 2013, but my mind is pulled back to July 5, 1998. That’s because my husband Alan suffered the massive heart attack...

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Janet Cromer Interviewed on Brain Injury Radio

This week I had the pleasure of being a guest of Kim Justus, host of the Recovery Now show, on Brain Injury Radio. Kim is a brain injury survivor and...

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Head Injury: Where the Rubber Meets the Road by Ron Harnett

My wheelbarrow tire suddenly goes flat. With the spring thaw, dirt and debris to be loaded on and carted around, not good timing. What to do? What turns out is a...

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Hi God, it’s me, David – After My Brain Injury! by David Grant

Since my accident, I’ve taken up an interest in nuclear physics. That alone is a bit of an oddity. Most of your Kids don’t realize that all the matter that...

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The Near Normal after Brain Injury

Four years ago, I survived two Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, one from a car accident in which I was broadsided while idling at a stoplight. My driver’s side and curtain...

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Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the...

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Changes in Memory after Brain Injury: FAQs

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Changes in memory after traumatic and acquired brain injury can cause difficulty for survivors, families and caregivers. CT scans can help identify changes in the brain that affect memory. The differences between long-term memory, short-term memory and post traumatic amnesia are explained. There are suggestions for improving memory at home with daily routines and exercises.

Depression and Alcohol after Brain Injury: FAQs

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Alcohol use can worsen depression after brain injury. The physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and financial changes that often follow a traumatic or acquired brain injury frequently result in depression among survivors and family members. Seeking treatment can improve coping skills and help survivors and family members grieve their losses. The use of alcohol to blunt emotions carries new risks after an injury due to neurological changes in the brain. No amount of alcohol is safe for a survivor of a brain injury.

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Forensic Case Management after Brain Injury

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Case managers and attorneys working together can help persons with brain injury The relationship between case managers and attorneys show the benefits of using case management in a personal injury claim, such as a traumatic or acquired brain injury or some other catastrophic condition. It explains the role of case managers in hospitals, insurance companies, rehabilitation programs, and legal practice. Case managers act as liaisons, advocates, and negotiators to assist in life care planning.

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Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph

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A mother’s narrative of perseverance following her son’s traumatic brain injury, Unthinkable is a book filled with universal lessons of struggle and triumph. Each chapter includes insights and tips for families and caregivers on coping, managing stress, and surviving the trauma of brain injury.

Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie is a mother of eight, writer, public speaker, fundraiser, and advocate for children and persons with disabilities. Dixie Coskie and her son Paul speak at schools, camps, trauma centers, hospitals and rehab hospitals talking about the consequences and the reality of traumatic brain injury and childhood cancer.

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Communication after Brain Injury: FAQs

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Communication changes after traumatic brain injury can be major and involve loss of speech or they can be subtle changes in reading, writing and comprehension. Questions about expressive and receptive aphasia and dysarthria illustrate how language areas of the brain directly affect the survivor’s ability to communicate after an injury or stroke. Assessment and treatment with a speech language pathologist may help recovery and rehabilitation.

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Stress, PTSD and Mental Health of Veterans and Soldiers

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Symptoms ranging from mild anxiety to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are being seen in veterans. Depression, alcohol abuse, anger, and difficulty concentrating have been reported by returning troops from Iraq. Seeking mental health treatment carries a negative stigma that results in many veterans and service members denying symptoms, avoiding comrades, and delaying treatment. Stereotypes about mental illness and barriers to mental health counseling make it even more difficult for service members and veterans to seek support and obtain treatment in the military culture.

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Cognitive Changes after Brain Injury: FAQs

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Cognitive changes after traumatic or acquired brain injury can result in difficulty with attention, focusing, and thinking. Cognitive fatigue can affect the ability to concentrate, complete tasks, remember, and problem solve. Personal questions demonstrate the impact of cognitive changes on the daily life of survivors of TBI and ABI.

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Physical Changes after Brain Injury: FAQs

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A traumatic or acquired brain injury can cause changes in physical abilities such as walking, balance, coordination, and strength. This article discusses how physical therapy, a home exercise program and conditioning can improve physical skills after TBI. Personal examples explain how physical changes can affect daily life and give suggestions for coping and improvements.

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Treatment for Brain Injury: FAQs

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Treatment for traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, blast injury, PTSD or concussion can involve many specialists for medical care and rehabilitation. Professional disciplines and titles can be confusing for families, survivors and caregivers. This article briefly explains the training and roles of a physiatrist, psychiatrist, psychologist, neuropsychologist, and counselor.

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I Have a What? Moderate to Severe TBI

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This manual for survivors of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury of TBI has information about symptoms and recovery. Knowing what to expect after a moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury can help survivors adjust, learn new strategies, find supports and develop coping strategies. Written in large type and clear language, this manual helps individuals with TBI and families understand physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes after brain injury and the recovery process.

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