“It has been found upon appropriate clinical assessments, that many people presenting with alcohol and other drug problems, have, in fact, experienced a traumatic brain injury years earlier.”
“A major disadvantage for people with acquired brain injury is that there is no legislated form of assistance as there is for people with mental illness. Unless people with acquired brain injury have the ongoing support of a good network of family and friends, they find it difficult to obtain any form of assistance.”
Scientific evidence suggests that injury to the front and sides of the brain is associated with an increase in aggressive, violent, and criminal behaviour.
“Studies have found that in a relationship in which one partner has an acquired brain injury the chances of marital aggression are increased almost sixfold.”
Brain Injury Australia’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet on Inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury (ITBI).
“The 1999 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) study, The Definition, Incidence and Prevalence of Acquired Brain Injury in Australia, estimated that there were 338,700 Australians (1.9% of the total Australian population) who had a disability related to acquired brain injury. Of these, 160,200 were severely or profoundly affected by acquired brain injury and needed daily support.”
“Anecdotal evidence from within the homelessness..sector as well as empirical research in the criminality field points to the fact that the disabilities arising from Acquired Brain Injury are often either overlooked and/or included under the category of ‘psychiatric or mental illness’ or ‘intellectual disability’. Both clinical and non-clinical workers often assume that the presence of a ‘traditional’ functional disorder is evidence of a mental or psychiatric illness.”
“An acquired brain injury can exacerbate and magnify the risk factors associated with homelessness including family breakdown, loss of social support networks, lack of affordable housing, family violence, unemployment, illness, drug and alcohol use, violence and/or criminal behaviour.”
“As individual parts of the brain controls the various things that we do, some of the following experiences may occur, or they may not. Each person is unique and consequently may not ever undergo any of these changes.”
Brain injury may affect bladder and/or bowel function (incontinence). Following brain injury, a person may need assistance re-establishing and keeping regular bowel movements and/or emptying the bladder.
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