Excellent Description of Living with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Pie chart of estimated percentage of annual TBI external causes in USA 2002-2006: 35.2% falls, 16.5% struck by/against, 17.3% motor vehicle-traffic, 10% assault, 21% unknown/other

Whether a person has a “mild,” “moderate” or “severe” traumatic brain injury (TBI) is governed by the Glasgow Coma Scale. A score of 13-15 is a “mild” injury, a score of 9-12 is a “moderate” injury, and a score of 8 or less is a “severe” injury. 75% of brain injuries are considered “mild.” The consequences of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) frequently are not mild and, in some instances, never go away. Some signs and symptoms of a MTBI include: transient confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness or altered consciousness, memory dysfunction, headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue and poor concentration. According to the CDC’s Report To Congress On Mild Traumatic Brain Injury In the United States, “MTBI is a public health problem, the magnitude and impact of which are underestimated by current surveillance systems.”

“This article from therapist Luann Jacobs is the most concise and comprehensive description of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury that I have read, as a MTBI survivor. MTBI can be caused by strokes, wounds to the brain, tumors, diseases, concussions (whether from explosions, contact sports such as hockey and football, auto accidents, or falls), and anything which compromises the circulatory or neurological functions of the brain.” James Billingsly about: MILD BRAIN INJURY: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE by Luann Jacobs, MA-CCC/SLP RMT Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington Hospital

The author has given permission to share and distribute this article and many who have read it feel that it is a useful tool for greater understanding.

 

 

Free Smartphone Apps That Educate, Support Veterans with PTSD and TBI

BrainLine, a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injury (TBI), recently showcased six free smartphone applicationscreated for veterans with disabilities and their families. The applications address issues ranging from stress and mood regulation to tools to help improve quality of care for people with TBI and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some of the applications, including Breathe2Relax and Tactical Breather, help veterans manage stress and anxiety through repetitive breathing exercises. Others, such as mTBI Pocket Guide and PTSD Coach, offer information to help educate and support veterans and their health providers. Another, PTSD Support for Veterans, provides a forum for veterans to post videos to share their stories and lend support to their fellow veterans. These free apps and others can be found in either the iTunes App Store or in the Android Market.

Full story: BrainLine, Six Free Military TBI Smartphone Apps, October 19, 2011, available at http://www.brainlinemilitary.org/content/2011/07/top-6-military-tbi-apps.html