Archive for April, 2008

The Emotional Adjustment to Brain Injury

Posted on April 29th, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

EDITORS NOTE: Continuing with this week’s theme of the emotional impact of brain injury, I have another post from a TBI advocate/survivor I want to share. Kimberly was referenced on our blogs a few weeks ago with respect to seizure dogs and she started following our blogs at that time...
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Emotional Issues After TBI

Posted on April 28th, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

This week, we will focus on emotional issues after TBI. I will begin with a contribution from an old TBI from entitled Hope For Anger by Stephanie St. Claire: There is help and hope for out of control anger. I no longer put holes in doors trying to get through..
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Patterns of Footprints of Brain Injury

Posted on April 18th, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

Diagnosing brain injury in absence of a continuing loss of consciousness, is a matter of triangulating behavioral observations, scientific test results and objective measuring tools for the change in function correlated with brain injury. The most important piece of the diagnostic puzzle is the clinical judgment of a doctor experienced..
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Footprints of Invisible Brain Injury

Posted on April 14th, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

Last week, we talked about the term “invisible injury” as used by the Brain Injury Association, to describe brain injury and its application to discrimination against seizure dogs. That topic transitions to today’s blog about how we identify an “invisible injury”, such as brain injury. So how do we see..
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Service Dog Discrimination Issues

Posted on April 10th, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

EDITORS NOTE: Yesterday, we talked about the “invisible injury” nature of brain injury, specifically with respect to public recognition of the role of seizure dogs. I had intended to next write about seeing the invisible, thru following the patterns of the footprints, but have decided to wait for that until..
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Seizure Dogs and Brain Injury/Seizure Disorders

Posted on April 9th, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

I have never been a big fan of the politically correct terms when discussing brain injury, hence my own coining of the term ©Subtle Brain Injury in 1999. See http://subtlebraininjury.com Having served on several boards where all they did was argue about what were the appropriate 30 words to put..
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The Need for Periodic Followups after a Concussion

Posted on April 4th, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

As I discussed yesterday, if the person is seen the day after the concussion, there is a fertile opportunity to actually test the injured person’s memory formation, to see if they are in an amnestic period. Yet, no where in the Facts for Physicians Toolkit, does it call for a..
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CDC Acute Concussion Evaluation – Improved Process

Posted on April 3rd, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

Included in the CDC Facts for Physicians Toolkit, http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/tbi/physicians_tool_kit.htm but not as conspicuous as I believe it should be is the Acute Concussion Evaluation (“ACE”) Form. Click here to go directly to such form: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/tbi/ACE.pdf This form is a major step forward and I wish that it was used comprehensively..
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Sport Concussion Guidelines have Migrated to Accidental Injuries

Posted on April 2nd, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

Most of the focus on changing definition of concussion has come out of concern about concussions in sport. Thru that work, beginning in the early 1990’s, it became standard practice that if an individual suffered a concussion in a sporting event, they should not be allowed to return to competition..
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Evolution of the Definition of Concussion

Posted on April 1st, 2008 · Posted in Brain Injury

My last blog focuses the acute symptom of amnesia, the symptom that is now believed to be the most significant predictor of outcome after concussion. However, that is the modern way of looking at concussion, and unfortunately, not even all treatises or commentators on brain injury, are even willing to..
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