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Survivors of Brain Injury

Adult and veteran survivors living with brain injury

Adult, service member and veteran survivors living in the community after an acquired brain injury face many challenges due to changes in physical, cognitive, social, and financial abilities and resources. These tip cards give information on rebuilding lives and coping with  challenges.

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Confabulation: After brain injury, what’s it mean?

When the survivor says things that are not accurate and is unaware that statements are untrue, families and caregivers are often confused and frustrated. Confabulation is related to changes in memory after a brain injury. But it is often misunderstood and the survivor is accused of lying. This tip card helps individuals, families and caregivers understand what causes confabulation, what to do about it and how to help the survivor. Author Dr. Tom Novack explains that confabulation is often a recollection of events that occurred in the past; however, they are not being recalled fully or in the proper time frame or sequence.
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Executive Functions After Brain Injury

Executive Functions control activities such as managing emotions, attention, concentration, categorization, planning, sequencing, problem solving, impulse control, reasoning, and judgment. Changes in executive functions often occur after brain injury.

Strategies found in this Tip Card can be helpful in the recovery process for the injured individual and the caregivers.

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Relaxation & Mindfulness After Brain Injury

Focusing on the positive, or losing focus on the negative – either way, you can get results! Many people with a brain injury or any disability can relate to one thing in particular – staying positive can be hard work, and progress doesn’t always come as fast as you’d like. This Tip Card offers helpful advice for relaxation techniques, how to use meditation exercises, and includes answers to frequently asked questions. Useful for survivors, families, and caregivers.

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Suicide: In military personnel and veterans

Suicide among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is preventable. Many service members are having difficulty adjusting as they return to duty, come home, rejoin their families, go back to work, and resume their lives. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and chronic pain increase the risks of suicide. This tip card for veterans and family members describes the warning signs of suicide, identifies the risks among service members, and discusses how and when to find help to prevent suicide.

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Adults Living with Brain Injury

Families and caregivers of survivors living with brain injury face the challenge of finding the balance between encouraging independence while providing needed support and supervision. This tip card has checklists for identifying the effects of an acquired brain injury on physical, social, cognitive abilities and behaviors. This information can be used to assess needs and develop services. A great tool for clinicians and therapists to use with families and caregivers.

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Irritability and Anger: After brain injury

Anger and irritability are common challenges after brain injury. They can affect relationships with family, caregivers, friends, and coworkers. This tip card helps survivors, families and caregivers recognize the early signs of irritability and anger. It includes tips with strategies for preventing and managing changes in irritability and anger.

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Journaling After Brain Injury

Journaling after brain injury can help survivors cope with the changes and challenges in their lives. This tip card on journaling after brain injury helps survivors and families understand what journaling is, learn its benefits and cautions, and use guidelines and tips for writing journal entries. Read an interview with author Barbara Stahura

"Click Here" to listen to an recent interview by Barbara Stahura on how her husband's brain injury impacted them and how well he is doing in his recovery.

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Sleep after Brain Injury

Sleep disorders after brain injury are common. Sleep patterns can change after a brain injury or TBI, such as trouble falling and staying asleep, waking up too early in the morning and not being able to fall back to sleep. Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD can make sleep disorders even more difficult for survivors and family. This tip card helps all survivors with sleep disorders understand the causes, symptoms and available treatments. It includes tips and strategies for coping with sleep disorders.
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Coping with Survival after Brain Injury

Surviving a traumatic brain injury doesn’t mean that life returns to “normal” for everyone. Many aspects of life can change for the survivor. Put simply, YOU aren’t the same. A survivor gives tips and information for adjustment, acceptance and recovery.

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Fatigue and Overload Strategies for preventing shutdowns and meltdowns after brain injury

This tip card helps survivors, families and caregivers understand and cope with fatigue after brain injury. It gives tips on managing fatigue, energy, stress and overload and finding a healthy balance to prevent meltdowns.
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