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Traumatic Brain Injury: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by an outside force. It is a very common brain condition. In 2010, there were about 2.5 million TBI-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency room visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more than 50,000 people …

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Living With a Loved One’s Traumatic Brain Injury

In December 2001, I answered the phone to hear news every wife fears. Bradley, my husband of three years, was in a motorcycle accident on a country road. He was in serious condition with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and was being flown from our small town to a big …

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What Happens to Your Brain When You Black Out?

The morning after a blackout is mystifying. The word “uh-oh” comes to mind (more accurately: “Nnnngh… uh-oh”), followed by frantic texting to figure out just what happened. And while we can’t tell you just what went down after that fourth shot of tequila, we can tell you what happened in …

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Anxiety, Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury

Living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be a very lonely, painful place. It’s a place that is often misunderstood, and a place that no one is talking about. When I first fell on a patch of ice 19 months ago, I had no idea the journey that laid …

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Yoga & Brain Injury: Tips for Beginners

From art and painting to yoga and meditation, there are a number of alternative therapies brain injury survivors find helpful. Yoga has therapeutic benefits and it’s a great form of light exercise for those who may not want to hit the gym for weights or cardio. Many brain injury survivors …

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The things no one tells you about brain injuries

When Peter Holmes was involved in a jetski accident, doctors didn’t think he would survive. Three years on, as he prepares for the Great North Run, he talks honestly about the road to recover. I’m not exactly Bear Grylls, but three years ago this month, on a hot and sunny …

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The Extraordinary Potential of This Treatment to Heal Brain Injuries

about improving memory and brain function with herbs and foods, as well as other techniques. I’m always interested to find a new information about our brain, and when I read about a new study that uses hyperbaric chamber to treat brain injuries, I was immediately caught out. Now you probably …

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What Brain Injury Survivors Want You to Know

I need a lot more rest than I used to. I’m not being lazy. I get physical fatigue as well as a “brain fatigue”. It is very difficult and tiring for my brain to think, process and organize. Fatigue makes it even harder to think. My stamina fluctuates, even though …

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9 Things NOT to Say to Someone with a Brain Injury

  Brain injury is confusing to people who don’t have one. It’s natural to want to say something, to voice an opinion or offer advice, even when we don’t understand. And when you care for a loved one with a brain injury, it’s easy to get burnt out and say …

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