Month: August 2021

Glossary of TBI Terms

Acquired Brain Injury: A type of brain injury sustained through an event that occurs sometime after birth. Activities of Daily Living (ADL): The routine, everyday self-care activities of personal hygiene such as bathing and dressing, as well as such activities as feeding and walking. Acute Care: Specialized hospital care for patients requiring specific types of …

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The Parietal Lobe 

The parietal lobe is vital for sensory perception and integration, including the management of taste, hearing, sight, touch, and smell. It is located behind the frontal lobes, just above the temporal lobe. The front half of our parietal lobe receives information from our body’s senses such as pain, temperature, touch, taste, pressure and serve functional purposes. For example, feeling …

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Photophobia 

Photophobia is a symptom of an underlying condition or disease that causes an individual to become extremely sensitive to light. It has been reported by patients who have being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), meningitis, a tumor in the pituitary gland, and multiple other conditions. It is the second most common symptom, after headaches, that are reported by individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury or a post-concussion syndrome. The …

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Sleeping and TBI Recovery

Sleeping is an important function that keeps your body healthy, recharges your mind, and helps you feel more refreshed and alert when you wake up. Adults should get about 7-9 hours of sleep per day. However, many individuals with a traumatic brain injury would experience sleep disturbances, which can affect their mood, health, activity level, …

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Mindfulness 

Mindfulness means to mentally be in the “here and now,” focusing on the present moment without distracting yourself from thoughts of the future and past. As a result, practicing mindfulness allows you to take a step back and pay attention to your current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is easy to get carried away and …

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Types of Brain Injuries

There are two primary types of acquired brain injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI) and non-traumatic brain injury. A TBI is a brain dysfunction that is caused by an external force, such as a violent blow, bump, or jolt to the head. A TBI can be classified as an open-head injury or a closed-head injury. An open-head, or penetrating, injury is when the scalp or skull is broken, …

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The Effect of Music on Cognition

Music is a powerful form of art that can yield multiple benefits on us such as improving cognition, memory, physical functioning, and our emotional experiences. The benefits of music can by produced through listening, creating, and playing music, singing, and even dancing to it. Researchers have considered it an enjoyable and meaningful leisure activity that …

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Disinhibition 

Disinhibition is a behavioral change that can be seen after a brain injury, particularly after damage to the frontal lobe area. When this occurs, an individual is unable inhibit or control socially inappropriate thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Their inability to filter themselves affects them emotionally and socially, making it challenging to follow social norms and …

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Finding Purpose After a Brain Injury

Finding purpose can provide us a sense of worthiness and control in our lives. It can help us accomplish our goals, pursue our dreams, and feel happier about ourselves. It can give our lives meaning and a purpose to live. However, finding purpose following a brain injury may be challenging. What was once familiar may be unclear. You may feel lost and confused. There may be changes in …

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Manipulation

Manipulation is the practice of using indirect or deceptive strategies to change the behavior, emotion, or perception of others. Some individuals with a brain injury may show manipulative behavior due to behavioral and/or personality changes caused by the injury. They may have difficulty expressing their wants and needs and fulfilling expectations of others.   Therefore, they may engage in other behaviors, such as manipulation, to have a sense of …

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