....if you want to learn about
acquired traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury... the Silent
Mary Anne Lessley © 2002
Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is termed "the silent
epidemic" and for many reasons. First and foremost, a TBI survivor
most often appears normalexhibiting no physical symptoms to
indicate that anything might be wrong. Second, because a survivor
looks okay, he or she is considered to be recovered from any accident
resulting in a brain injury, and therefore capable of resuming normal
activity. It may be much later, often when an individual exhibits
one or many of the symptoms of executive dysfunction, that anyone
suspects that something is wrong. Unfortunately an incorrect diagnosis
may go unnoticed for years.
If you are someone who...
- feels that "things just aren't right" since an accident,
whether recently or in the past;
has always felt that it is your fault that you can't keep your
life and career activities organized and in proper perspective;
looks normal in appearance, yet feels consistently disorganized
for no apparent reason...
...It is worth reflecting on the
possibility that you might have suffered a traumatic brain injury
from either a recent accident or earlier in life. It is also possible
that you are suffering the cumulative effects of several seemingly
In addition, if you experience moments
to days of confusion and/or become partially to totally immobilized
to do one or more of the following on a consistent basis...
Schedule and prioritize tasks;
Organize your environment/s effectively for your needs;
Start projects and work to completion;
Concentrate on a project or activity for appropriate periods
Stay focused during conversations;
Consistently engage in appropriate behavior;
Remember details of conversations, or engage in a specific
Function normally throughout a day, completing tasks appropriate
to your priorities...
...It is very important that you
pursue a medical diagnosis from a professional who is extremely
knowledgeable about the potential effects of a closed, traumatic
brain injury (TBI). You may be challenged by executive function
issues, or your symptoms might point to a reason totally unrelated
to TBI. Most importantly, you need a proper diagnosis so that you
can get the appropriate assistance.
Serious research on closed, traumatic brain injury began in the
early 1970's. Progressing tremendously in the past seven years,
great advances have been made in the cognitive, physical, and emotional
rehabilitation of individuals affected by traumatic brain injury.
Still, much education is needed about this silent epidemic in which
someone in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury every
15 seconds, not all of whom will fully recover.
To learn more, you might begin your research at the National
Brain Injury Association Web site. This site provides a tremendous
amount of information about acquired traumatic brain injury, from
basic to advanced. In addition, it links to many of the state associations
and to a host of other excellent resources.