Traumatic Brain Injury Questions

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What is traumatic brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury or TBI is the result of an external force to the brain, which causes either permanent or temporary neurological dysfunction. These injuries are prevalent—they are 10 times common than a spinal cord injury. Sadly, traumatic brain injuries often happen when people are in the prime years of their lives. This means that if you suffer a brain injury, it is likely to affect all aspects of your life including your career, your finances and your family. Traumatic brain injuries vary in severity from mild like a concussion to a permanent vegetative state resulting from severe trauma.

What are the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries?

Among age groups, the leading cause of brain injury varies. Young children and elderly adults sustain injuries due to falls. Young-to-middle age adults are more often injured in motor vehicle crashes. Vehicle accidents, however, often result in the most severe traumatic brain injuries, as the force is generally stronger in these accidents than with a fall. Firearm-related incidents are also a major cause of traumatic brain injuries.

Do all traumatic brain injuries resolve over time?

Since every traumatic brain injury is different, recoveries vary for every person. Generally speaking, a majority of people with mild injuries can make a full recovery, but it can take months, years or longer. Some symptoms can last for days, weeks, or many months, and some have a significant affect on your life. Also, if you’ve suffered a concussion in the past, it may take longer for you to recover from your most recent injury. Experts estimate that about that around 15 percent of those who suffer traumatic brain injuries will never make a full recovery.

What can be done to help regain cognitive skills following a traumatic brain injury?

Memory loss is one of the first problems you’re likely to experience after a head injury, and memory is one of the last of the cognitive functions to return. The first thing that will help you improve your memory is to make sure you get enough sleep and eat properly, and avoid stimulants and nicotine. Regular exercise also will improve your memory. Putting yourself in a position where you are using your memory every day also will help. You may also need help relearning basic living skills, performing domestic duties and communicating via the telephone, computer, in writing, etc. A traumatic brain injury can affect your ability to make important financial decisions, comply with medical management, give informed consent, and to make other life decisions. A guardian should accompany you when completing these tasks.

Does my brain injury mean I'll never work again?

Everyone’s brain injury varies in type and severity. However, it is common for people with traumatic brain injuries to return to work. Being employed can help you regain a sense of accomplishment, purpose and quality of life. On re-entry to the workforce, you might notice a reduced awareness in cognitive function. If you experience this, you may be able to take advantage of services available for those with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. These services include a vocational evaluation, guidance and counseling, training and support, technological aids, and job placement services.

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