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.

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Doctors! What activities would be recommended for a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury?

Exercise the brain. The brain is capable of far more plasticity than was ever thought possible. The key is persistent work at tasks that are difficult. If an arm is not working well, repeated practice will allow other parts of the brain to assume function and make the arm function better. This takes time and lots of heard work. If the therapy is easy, the chances are that it is not going to help. Read more...

What activities for a person recovering from traumatic brain injury?

Best to see a prof. Although one can work on their memory with practice and practice focusing, it would be best to contact a rehab person who specializes in post head injury cognitive rehab. Read more...
To safe tolerance. Activity as much as is safe, perhaps with some supervision and depending on severity can be a good thing. While the real-life efficacy of neuro-rehab is a bit controversial, generally using your body and mind helps dendretic branching in the brain, development of alternate strategies and reduces muscular atrophy. However, failure experiences can be demoralizing. Judgment is key. Read more...

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...
Depends. Degree of trauma other mobility limitations the general principles: try it slowly a little at a time. If it hurts stop if it is tiring rest. Read more...
Depends on injury. This also depends on a number of things: the severity of the injury, any complications after injury, and the condition of the individual before and after injury. Activities should be guided by a healthcare professional, and center on returning the patient to as much of their prior function as possible. Symptoms must be used as a guide- such as headache, heartrate, blood pressure. Read more...

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...

What are the side effects of ganja on a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury?

Please re-think it. It just isn't a good idea to expose an already damaged brain to more potential injury from recreational drug use. In my experience, keeping in mind that tbis vary enormously, patients with tbi are prone to unpredictable reactions to both recreational and prescription drugs. I tell my patients with tbi "all bets are off" when it comes to predicting reactions and side effects of drugs and alcohol. Read more...
I forget? Don't need to be a scientist to knwo cannabis (thc) impairs memory - even avid pot-smokers cheech & chong have immortalized a track about it on their up in smoke album. Studies show interference with verbal memory and learning, reaction times etc, and thc can be found in brains of heavy smokers 6 months after stopping. Probably not permanent, but it takes months to clear up - seen it in patients. Read more...

Might a traumatic brain injury lead to a loss of a person's sex drive?

Sure. It would depend on the extent and location of the injury. Read more...
Less sex after TBI. Traumatic brain injury (tbi) can effect mood and concentration which in turn can decrease you sex drive. This is thought to be due to injury to the limbic system. Mood changes from tbi are treated by primary care providers, psychiatrists and neurologists. Contact your doctor to see if a referral can be made. Read more...

I'm having trouble concentrating after mild traumatic brain injury, what's wrong?

How long ago? It is not unusual to have some neurologic symptoms lingering for a few weeks after traumatic brain injury. How was the severity (mild) determined? Please see your primary care provider and consider a neurologist consultation. Read more...