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BrainLine asked our online community to share their personal definitions of, and the list below captures some of the many responses so generously provided by people with .
Every individual’s experience with Anger, fear, sadness, and anxiety may be accompanied by difficulties with memory, pain, and the challenges of maintainingrelationships.is unique, but there are many common symptoms and emotions.
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A puzzle … all the pieces are there but in the wrong order. —Barbara
When the cursor disappears from your mental computer screen. —Dave
Brain fog,, difficulty learning new things, being able to be “high-functioning” but being very slow at it. —Mary
An invisible thief. —Lisa
Devastating. Exhausting. Widely misunderstood. —Jules
Scary. I look the same but I feel like someone else. —Ann-Michel
MIA or AWOL … Missing in Action or Away Without Leaving! —Trish
An invisible memory-taker, mood-changer, life-changer! —Meg
Like being under a constant waterfall and I’m just trying to catch my breath and not drown! —Angie
Thinking with speed bumps. —John
Like an earthquake in my brain that knocked down bridges and damaged highways and knocked out some —but not all —lines of communication. Some of these things get rebuilt more quickly than others, and some are easily re-damaged. —Alison
Like having everything in your life suspended in Jell-O, and just when you reach out for something, the Jell-O gets blended. —Indy
A family affair … when a family member has one, its everyone. —Stephanie
A constant struggle for the rest of your life … you know how you used to be and you want your life back … but it won't happen … it's like living in thick fog. —Christy
Scrambled egg between my ears. —Graham
The absolute hardest thing that you can imagine going through!! Unbelievably frustrating and isolating. —Chelsea
Learning to live in a brain that sometimes feels like it belongs to a stranger. —Sharon
Forgetfulness and a total personality change. —Dana
Scary. Frustrating. Annoying. Funny at times … sometimes I feel rather than get frustrated about one of my deficits. It’s better just to laugh about it. —Sonia
Limiting, difficult, having to “relearn” things you thought you already knew. —Justin
Unpredictable and extremely misunderstood. —Ronda
Like having the flu all day, every day … for the rest of your life. —Nathalie
Trying to catch clouds in a windstorm. —Mary
Posted by Lisa at 3:35 PM
Memory problems can be a major source of frustration after a brain injury. Different types of brain injuries or diseases can affect memory in different ways. For example, brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen in the brain (caused by near drowning or a heart attack) may cause the brain to have difficulty in storing new information. These people may quickly forget what they have done or are told (Hobler and Carey, 1973). People with damage to their frontal lobes because of a car accident may have difficulty retrieving previously stored information. Cueing can help these people access this information. Understanding the different types of memory can go a long way in creating a successful rehabilitation program and for choosing effective compensatory strategies.
The following are different types of memory that can be affected by brain injury:
Episodic memory: is the memory of autobiographical events (times, places, associated emotions and other contextual knowledge) (Schacter, Gilbert, Wegner, 2011). Examples of difficulty with episodic memory would include forgetting about a visit with a friend the previous day.
Semantic memory: refers to concept-based knowledge, meanings, understandings, factual and general knowledge (The Brain from Top to Bottom). These memories may include the knowledge of a phone number used on a daily basis or knowing the Provinces and Territories in Canada without knowing a specific reference as to where it was learnt.
Procedural memory: is the memory for specific types of actions. They are well established sequences that often involve motor skills (Squire, 2004). Procedural learning involves repeating an activity over and over again until it is automatically produced. This may include a child learning the route to school without specific directions.
Retrograde memory: This is the autobiographical memory acquired for the events that occurred in a person’s life before a brain injury. It is may include school, a wedding, or a family trip. Retrograde amnesia describes damage to this type of memory (Hunkin, 1995).
References: Hobler, K.E.; L.C. Carey (1973). "Effect of acute progressive hypoxemia on cardiac output and plasma excess lactate". Ann Surg 177 (2): 199–202. doi:10.1097/00000658-197302000-00013. PMC 1355564. PMID 4572785. Hunkin, N. M., Parkin, A. J., Bradley, V. A., Burrows, E. H., Aldrick, F. K., Jansari, A., & Burdon-Cooper, C. (1995). Focal retrograde amnesia following closed head injury: A case study and theoretical account, Neuropsychologia, 33(4), 509-523. Schacter, Daniel L., Gilbert, Daniel T., and Wegner, Daniel M. "Semantic and episodic memory". Psychology; Second Edition. New York: Worth, Incorporated, 2011. 240-241. Print. Squire, L.R. (2004). Memory systems of the brain: A brief history and current perspective. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 82; 171-177. https://www.facebook.com/TbiLifeC
Posted by Lisa at 3:27 PM
Friday, May 10, 2013
Grief is most often associated with death, but there are other losses in life that we also need to grieve — such as a loved one who is irrevocably changed because of a traumatic brain injury. "The Role of Grief After Traumatic Brain Injury" is an article featured in the first edition of Lash & Associates new magazine, Brain Injury Journey – Help, Hope, Healing. Janelle Breese Biagioni, RPC, talks about the complexities of "extraordinary grief" in which people grieve who they were, and the family also grieves the person who is no longer there, albeit physically present. Click to read more...
Posted by Lisa at 4:25 PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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NeuroConnect provides information, resources, and support to people living with acquired brain injury and their families as well as brings awareness of brain injury to the public.
Be sure to check out their workbooks and E-Magazine.
* ABI Mental Health WorkBook (depression, anxiety, anger management)
* ABI NeuroCognitive Workbook (memory, perception, attention, problem solving...)
Posted by Lisa at 2:13 PM
Monday, February 25, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Brain games are cognitive calisthenics, brain body-building, genius gymnastics…essentially fun workouts for your brain. The brain might not be a muscle but it does need mental fitness, in order to strengthen neurons and their neural connections. The brain-challenging exercises that ‘challenge’ the mind are those that cause it to step out of autopilot and begin to think originally again. These ‘challenges’ can be out-of-the-box-thinking games, brain teasers, non-traditional math, logic problems, and the like.
Click HERE to start playing.
Posted by Lisa at 3:31 PM
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
NeuroConnect’s Acquired Brain Injury Neuro Cognitive Rehab Workbook is to be used as a
general therapeutic tool to challenge common cognitive issues such as memory, perception,
attention, reading comprehension, problem solving, opinion forming and other life skills.
Click here for workbook
Posted by Lisa at 4:23 PM
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Vasopharm GmbH, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cerebro- and cardiovascular diseases, today announces that the explorative phase IIa NOSTRA trial in Traumatic Brain Injury Patients met all clinical endpoints for safety and in addition demonstrated strong evidence of clinical benefit in patients.
Posted by Lisa at 10:35 AM
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Filing for Social Security disability benefits is a long and tedious process. It is important to gather all your records and set aside sufficient time to complete the application. Never submit a partially completed application and always seek assistance if you are having difficulty collecting the required paper work or filling out the application.
This article is very helpful - CLICK HERE
This article is very helpful - CLICK HERE
Posted by Lisa at 7:58 AM
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
An old medicine approved for a different ailment is bringing new hope to traumatic brain injury patients.
Caused by car crashes, falls, or assaults, every year 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury. Now, something approved decades ago for a much different ailment is helping speed recovery for some.
Click here to read more ---> Flu medicine may help traumatic brain injury patients
Posted by Lisa at 10:36 AM
Thursday, August 23, 2012
- Children, like adults, are affected emotionally when a close relative, especially a parent, is head injured.
- They need honest age-appropriate information to help them understand , and an opportunity to express feelings and concerns. Sometimes counselling may be necessary.
- Children (of all ages) can feel that they are to blame for the injury and need to be reassured about this.
- There is a link between the ways that children and adults cope with stressful events. It helps if adults can model positive coping strategies for the younger members of the family.
- Head injury services do not routinely offer support to children, so adults need to be proactive about asking for help.
Click Here to read entire chapter. Very good information.
Posted by Lisa at 9:43 AM
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Joel Goldstein, author of "No Stone Unturned", a book describing the long treatment cycle of his son, Bart Goldstein, after a serious car accident caused traumatic brain injury. Anyone who has had a loved one suffer a TBI, (over 6 million people in the US have had TBIs including over 320,000 veterans of Iraq and Afganistan) will find Joel's discussion both educational and inspiring.
Posted by Lisa at 9:51 AM