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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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How much time is required to get your memory back after you have had a bad accident and suffered a traumatic brain?

How much time is required to get your memory back after you have had a bad accident and suffered a traumatic brain?

Depends: The answer depends on where the tbi took place in your brain and if the "memory centers" were affected, etc. Hopefully you have a good team of rehab specialists that are specifically trained in tbi rehab/therapy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have acquired mild traumatic brain injury.I have complicated symptoms like: i ahve no sensation( from music especially), cognitive, memory?

I have acquired mild traumatic brain injury.I have complicated symptoms like: i ahve no sensation( from music especially), cognitive, memory?

Treatment: First, you will slowly improve and recover some function over the next 18-24 months. Coping can be enhanced by multiple medications, and cognitive-behavioral speech therapies will also improve your situation. Perhaps a neurologist can supervise your rehabilitation. ...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.

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

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Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Depends on a lot: This is often the debate which engages forensic neuropsychologists (see http://forensicneuropsychology.Com) and forensic neurologists. Results can vary greatly even with similar ct or MRI findings. Generally severity, presence of intracranial bleeding, elevated icp, early or especially post-traumatic seizures, locaiton of injury, shearing, and pre-injury factors ie. Age, prior injury, health etc. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a traumatic brain injury?

How to know if I have a traumatic brain injury?

Go to ER !: Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects: no loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented •loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes •memory or concentration problems •headache •loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours •profound confusion •agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior•slurred speech. ...Read more

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What is the definition of traumatic brain injury?

What is the definition of traumatic brain injury?

ForcefulBrain injury: Traumatic brain injury (tbi) is a nondegenerative, noncongenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with an associated diminished or altered state of consciousness. The definition of tbi has not been consistent and tends to vary according to specialties and circumstances. ...Read more

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I've had symptoms of OCD since my traumatic brain injury why is this?

I've had symptoms of OCD since my traumatic brain injury why is this?

OCD is an uncommon, : but well-documented, consequence of TBI. The pattern of OCD, I.e., the types of obsessions & compulsions, are very similar amongst patients with TBI, whether they have mild TBI & normal MRI's or moderate & severe TBI with bruising of the the fronto-temporal cortex, subcortical structures (caudate nucleus) or both on their MRI's. Just one more thing for which you need therapy &, maybe, medication. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor treats traumatic brain injuries?

What kind of doctor treats traumatic brain injuries?

Neuropsychologist: Neuropsychologists can determine if there has been any functional brain impairment due to traumatic brain injury. Based upon this evaluation, appropriate referrals to neurology and radiology will be made. ...Read more

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What's a traumatic brain injury?

What's a traumatic brain injury?

Brain damage: Tbi- traumatic brain injury is when the brain is injured from a strike, fall, accident, explosion or any other concussive injury to the head injuring the underlying soft brain tissue. They can be mild from concussion to severe such as persistent vegetative state. ...Read more

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Could a traumatic brain injury be reversed?

Depends on severity: Mild brain injuries can heal and be technically reversed. However, moderate to severe injuries often will have significant structural damage to neuronal structures that just will not heal correctly and once this occurs, there is very little we can do to reverse that damage. Most of the recovery then will be on improving function with the new normal cognitive baseline. ...Read more

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What symptoms follow traumatic brain injury?

What symptoms follow traumatic brain injury?

Several: Acutely you have headache, pain at the trauma site, possibly memory loss, over time there can be has, mood symptoms, memory symptoms, behavioral issues. ...Read more

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Is traumatic brain injury same as brain damaged?

Is traumatic brain injury same as brain damaged?

No: It's not about being politically correct. It is specific to damage from trauma (such as car crash, etc), rather than other types of damage (stroke, etc). ...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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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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Tips for recovering regarding traumatic brain injury?

Tips for recovering regarding traumatic brain injury?

Brain stimulation : Brain stimulation using audio visual aides, puzzles, games and also physical exercise would help in the recovery process. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: traumatic brain injury?

What is the definition or description of: traumatic brain injury?

You already said it: Traumatic brain injury is damage to the brain after trauma. It can be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of the trauma, patient age, and other issues such as whether the patient has had previous trauma or is taking blood thinners. ...Read more

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What happens to traumatic brain injury survivors a month out?

Depends: A month out is too early to see how the person will be, that takes about a year. Usually the condition is static and looks about the same as they did right after the accident. Over time new symptoms can emerge, like impulsivity but the symptoms usually get better or stay the same. What the person looks like a year after the event is usually how they will be. ...Read more

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If a person has traumatic brain injury, what would a neuropsychiatrist do?

If a person has traumatic brain injury, what would a neuropsychiatrist do?

Depends: I would first need to see the patient in the office, see what the issues are and the history, do some testing in the office and then discuss with the person what i thought and what i wanted to do about it, be it therapy, medication or both. I would then follow the person over time and modify the treatment as time goes along...I say this because i'm a neuropsychiatrist. ...Read more