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What are typical behavior changes after a traumatic brain injury?

What are typical behavior changes after a traumatic brain injury?

Personality change: Brain injury can cause many changes in behavior. Patients may become more impulsive and short-tempered. They also can be forgetful, and slow-responding. ...Read more

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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Could you tell me what are some behavior changes when a traumatic brain injury occurs?

Could you tell me what are some behavior changes when a traumatic brain injury occurs?

TBI treatment: Brain injury can cause many different types of cognitive and emotional deficits. The first step is to establish what the deficits are by having a neuropsychological evaluation. Then speech and cognitive therapists will help provide exercises and routines to improve or manage these deficits. ...Read more

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Are personality changes common after a head injury with concussion?

Are personality changes common after a head injury with concussion?

Yes, not permanent: Concussions are a traumatic brain injury (tbi) commonly affecting 4 areas: thinking, emotion, sleep and body. Symptoms affecting thinking are poor concentration, slow thinking; emotional are irritability, sadness, anxious ; sleep are increased sleeping, trouble falling or staying asleep; body are headache, nausea, dizzy, sensitivity to light or sounds. If you have any of these see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is traumatic brain injury not a common cause of upper motor dysarthria?

Why is traumatic brain injury not a common cause of upper motor dysarthria?

TBI is a cause: TBI is a cause of upper motor dysarthria due to damage to the brain areas responsible for stimulating the nerves in the brain stem that trigger the muscles of speech and swallowing. ...Read more

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What are some characteristics of a mild traumatic brain injury?

What are some characteristics of a mild traumatic brain injury?

Many: Among the most common characteristics of mild TBI include problems with attention and focus, slowing of mental processing speed. fatigue, poor balance, headaches and sleep initiation problems. ...Read more

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What sort of behavior changes are expected from brain tumor?

What sort of behavior changes are expected from brain tumor?

Location: Frontal lobe: Movement, intelligence, reasoning, behavior, memory, personality, planning, decision making, judgment, initiative, inhibition, mood Temporal lobe: Speech, behavior, memory, hearing, vision, emotions .Parietal lobe: Intelligence, reasoning, telling right from left, language, sensation, reading.Depends on location of tumor. Rapidly growing tumors cause more symptoms than slow growing ...Read more

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Can a trauma to the brain like a Brain Surgery or a severe concussion or whiplash cause OCD ?Obsessive Compulsive Disorder later in life?

Can a trauma to the brain like a Brain Surgery or a severe concussion or whiplash cause OCD ?Obsessive Compulsive Disorder later in life?

OCD: is an attempt to control the uncontrollable in life through repeated thoughts and behaviors. There are a combo of factors and some mystery as to its cause. These include genes and personal history. It is likely that the trauma you have been through contributes to your OCD more than the surgery itself. Please see your doc and then a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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How come tramatic brain injury not a common etiology of upper moter dysarthria?

How come tramatic brain injury not a common etiology of upper moter dysarthria?

TBI general injury: Traumatic brain injury is usually a problem that involves the entire brain. Some specific areas may be involved, but this is not very common. Speaking difficulties (dysarthria) occur when a very small part of the brain is affected, and it is located in an area where this does not happen very often. ...Read more

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Is there a typical cause for traumatic brain injury?

Is there a typical cause for traumatic brain injury?

As follows- falls35%: Cdc has this data: the leading causes of tbi are: falls (35.2%); motor vehicle – traffic (17.3%); struck by/against events (16.5%); and assaults (10%) link for the above is http://www.Cdc.Gov/traumaticbraininjury/causes.Html. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a traumatic brain injury?

What are the effects of a traumatic brain injury?

Variable: Many cases of tbi resolve to normal over time. Some are left with severe disabilities. Most common is epilepsy, mood and behavior disorders, and coordination and balance disorders. A good rehabilitation program can address these issues and provide a means for recovery toward normal. Permanent disability may result, but adaptation is possible. ...Read more

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What activities are recommended for a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury?

Depends on severity: This answer to too long for this forum. Depending on the deficits it is all about activities of daily living first and promoting independence. Continued pt/ot/speech therapy if needed. Be aware of stimulus levels because this can overwhelm someone with tbi. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that can arise after a repetitive motion injury?

What are the symptoms that can arise after a repetitive motion injury?

Pain, swelling, etc.: Pain, swelling, and perceived loss of strength would be the most common. Numbness, tingling, loss of motion and loss of fine motor movements are other possibilities. ...Read more

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How long after an accident can brain trauma symptoms appear? My relative had brain trauma from a car accident several decades ago, and is now showing signs of mental impairment. Can these symptoms be attributed to the past brain trauma?

How long after an accident can brain trauma symptoms appear? My relative had brain trauma from a car accident several decades ago, and is now showing signs of mental impairment.  Can these symptoms be attributed to the past brain trauma?

Evaluation needed: There is some increased risk of later dementia in individuals with traumatic brain injury, especially if it was severe - but cognitive declines can be caused by age, metabolic conditions, depression or other factors. New impairment warrants prompt neurological and neuropsychological assessment to assess the greater likelihood something recent is going on and figuring appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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The brain chemsrty changes after a concussion? How physcogical? Or chemically?

The brain chemsrty changes after a concussion? How physcogical? Or chemically?

That's a big subject: Your question cannot possibly be answered in 400 characters, or 400 words, or 400 lines. For more information, you should read http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK185339/. ...Read more

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Can the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder show years after the event that caused them?

Can the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder show years after the event that caused them?

Symptoms of PTSD can: Symptoms of ptsd can manifest immediately after a traumatic or series of traumatic experiences or can occur months or in some cases years later. It is essential to be evaluated by licensed mental health practitioner to determine the exact diagnosis. If the diagnosis of ptsd is confirmed, there are a variety of good treatments. It is important to work with someone who has experience treating ptsd. ...Read more

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Why does the brain shutdown memory during a traumatic episode?

Why does the brain shutdown memory during a traumatic episode?

Not sure there is: Any research on this. But it seems to be a self protective mechanism. Ptsd is an illness of having, in a sense, too much memory of a traumatic event. ...Read more

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What activities would be recommended for a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury to gain back functionality?

Physical and mental: Most doctors recommend moderate physical activity to aid in healing, coupled with mental activities tailored to your injury. Physical and occupational therapists usually assist with this. However, it is important to stop as soon as you feel fatigued. And if you haven't already, see someone in a clinic that specializes in treating traumatic brain injury. ...Read more

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What are typical behavior changes after a traumatic brain injury?

Personality change: Brain injury can cause many changes in behavior. Patients may become more impulsive and short-tempered. They also can be forgetful, and slow-responding. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some behavior changes when a traumatic brain injury occurs?

TBI treatment: Brain injury can cause many different types of cognitive and emotional deficits. The first step is to establish what the deficits are by having a neuropsychological evaluation. Then speech and cognitive therapists will help provide exercises and routines to improve or manage these deficits. ...Read more

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Is there a typical cause for traumatic brain injury?

As follows- falls35%: Cdc has this data: the leading causes of tbi are: falls (35.2%); motor vehicle – traffic (17.3%); struck by/against events (16.5%); and assaults (10%) link for the above is http://www.Cdc.Gov/traumaticbraininjury/causes.Html. ...Read more

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When does rehabilitation start after a traumatic brain injury?

Immediately: The rehabilitation program should start in the acute care hospital. In this phase, the main goals are prevention of complications such as pressure sores, contractures of the muscles and tendons, prevention of pneumonia, clots in the legs or arms and provision of adequate nutrition. Following this mobilization, getting the brain injured person out of bed if possible, cognitive retraining are some. ...Read more

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Help please! is driving after a traumatic brain injury supposed to be hard?

It can be: You need to be cleared to resume driving by an evaluation at a rehab facility. ...Read more

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What are some rehabilitation exercises to do after a traumatic brain injury?

What are some rehabilitation exercises to do after a traumatic brain injury?

Brain Injury: Rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury depends on the deficit. However, a multi-discipline approach with physical, occupational and speech therapy is needed. The treatment depends on the injury. Seek help through your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good rehabilitation exercises to do after a traumatic brain injury?

TBI treatment: Brain injury can cause many different types of cognitive and emotional deficits. The first step is to establish what the deficits are by having a neuropsychological evaluation. Then speech and cognitive therapists will help provide exercises and routines to improve or manage these deficits. ...Read more

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Vision problems after a traumatic brain injury, I don't see everything to the right as I can to the left by looking straight forward, anyway to repair?

Vision problems after a traumatic brain injury, I don't see everything to the right as I can to the left by looking straight forward, anyway to repair?

Assessment needed: Vision problems after tbi can occur at different levels, the eye itself or parts of the brain such as the optic nerves or occipital lobe of the brain. Neuro-opthalmologists may be hard to find, but this would be their particular area of expertise. ...Read more

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Can someone recover after a traumatic brain injury?

Can someone recover after a traumatic brain injury?

Yes: Recovery entirely or partially is the goal of brain injury rehabilitation. Contact a brain injury rehabilitation program to enroll in their program. ...Read more

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How long will it take to "get better" after a traumatic brain injury?

How long will it take to "get better" after a traumatic brain injury?

Upto 9 months: Initial improvements might take upto 9 months even after that might require further group rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Will balance recover after a traumatic brain injury? How long will it take?

Will balance recover after a traumatic brain injury? How long will it take?

Yes: Significant head trauma can result in a concussion to the inner ear. Most patients will have complete resolution of balance symptoms but recovery is variable and may last only a few days or may last several months. Vestibular rehabiliation exercise can help expedite recovery and be helpful. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to "get better" after a traumatic brain injury?

Recovery from TBI: You have not said the severity and extent of a tbi. Concussion, the mildest tbi symptoms may normalize after hours to days, to as long as a year. More severe brain injuries depend on the type and extent of the damage. Most improvement will occur during the first year after the injury. Improvement may continue for the next several years. ...Read more

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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury? How will it affect me?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury?  How will it affect me?

Traumatic braininjur: I feel empathy for your traumatic brain injury. Xanax (alprazolam) is used for Treatment of Anxiety. If you are very worried, upset, irritable, tense; and brooding, Xanax (alprazolam) can help. See Neurologist for Diagnosis and present status of your traumatic brain injury. Discuss with Psychiatrist • Diagnosis of Anxiety • Benefits and side effects of Xanax (alprazolam) • Therapy for stresses in life; and to develop coping skills ...Read more

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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury? How will it affect me?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury?  How will it affect me?

Yes, you can: Xanax (alprazolam) is a great medication and is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Unfortunately, like many others medication Xanax (alprazolam) has many side effects and should be taken as directed by your doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to improve the executive function of the brain, to effectively articulate thoughts; after a traumatic brain injury?

NUMBER OF CHOICES: Pharmacological approaches include ritalin, nuvigil, adderall, modafanil, to enhance alertness and attention, but other approaches include rehab programs of speech therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapies, and even biofeedback. Although there is little benefit for the memory enhancing agents used in alzheimer's, and occasional pt may be helped by galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide). ...Read more

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Can you regain movement in paralyzed limbs after a traumatic brain injury?

Never Ever Give Up: Most improvement will usually occur in the period after the injury depending on severity. Additional improvement can occur up to 18 months later but remember never ever give up! with continued work and careful exercizes improvements can continue to be evident long after therapies stop. ...Read more

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Could you possibly regain movement in paralyzed limbs after a traumatic brain injury?

Could you possibly regain movement in paralyzed limbs after a traumatic brain injury?

Yes: This would depend on the location and extent of the injury. I also believe that your questions implies there is no concurrent spinal cord injury. Injury to the brain can afffect specific cortical regions (ie. Motor) and fiber tracts. The patient can recover as the contusions resolves over time. Intense rehabilitation may help the patient regain some of his movement. ...Read more

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Is it too late to start giving fish oil 6 weeks after a traumatic brain injury or can it still be beneficial?

DHA is good for you: No studies have shown that a damaged brain would repair itself better with fishoil but it cannot hurt to use it. The desired ingredient is the fatty acid dha which can be found in wild salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies. You are better off eating some real fish rather than banking on the fishoil capsules having much dha in them. ...Read more

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When can you have a drink after a traumatic brain injury? The accident was 2.5 months ago. No memory problems, balance is good. Done with ot.

Probably ok: If alcohol is important to you, you are probably ok at this point to have a drink- a drink. Notice i did not say drinks. There should be no rush after traumatic brain injury but at this point, one drink should have no bad effect on you. But again, significantly limit your alcohol intake. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma, meaning direct hits to the head, or a shockwave to the ...Read more