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Resources to help understand, teach, assist, and befriend people dealing with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Frostburg State football player pressured back on field after blows to the head dies

Brain tissue from a healthy individual, an NFL football player, and a boxer. Excellent article on the science of concussions. According to the article even one concussion can result in permanent cognitive impairment or other symptoms.

Great book-a memoir (not generally my thing) by a woman whose husband suffers a traumatic brain injury. I know-sounds depressing, but it wasn't. It was frank and real and fascinating.

What Does Post-Concussive Syndrome Look Like in Children? via

Trauma is the result of overloading the emotional circuits in the brain’s control center. Chronic traumatic effects follow overloads that damage the brain, development, wiring, chemistry and structure. Some of this damage is immediate but most of it happens in the 48 hours following the traumatic event when the injured person is not able to return to joy and quiet because they have not developed the capacity due to immaturity or have an underdeveloped nervous system.

Second Concussion Symptoms Last Longer | Children who suffer from a second or third concussion take much longer to recover, according to a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

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image of traumatic brain injury continuum of care

Brain Injury Treatment - BIAA

Head injury survivors may experience a range of neuro­psychological problems following a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the part of the brain affected and the severity of the injury, the result on any one individual can vary greatly. Personality changes, memory and judgement deficits, lack of impulse control, and poor concentration are all common. Behavioral changes can be stressful for families and caregivers

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by an external force after birth. Common causes of a traumatic brain injury include gunshot wounds, motor vehicle crashes, assaults, or falling and striking your head. An acquired brain injury (ABI) includes all types of traumatic brain injuries and also brain injuries caused after birth by cerebral vascular accidents (commonly known as stroke), and loss of oxygen to the brain.

Brain Anatomy showing the location of major areas of the brain

Behavioral problems of people with TBI complicate recover. The list of behavioral dysfunction ranges from emotionally labile (mood swings), depression, and hyperactivity to aggression, sexual inappropriateness, and elopement (running away). Even lack of activity, or initation, can be a behavioral problem. In addition, psychological reactions to traumatic brain injury as well as predisposition to psychiatric abnormalities can be factors in behavorial complications.

Behavioral Problems of TBI