“Depression is a feeling of sadness, loss, despair or hopelessness that does not get better over time and is overwhelming enough to interfere with daily life. There is cause for concern when feeling depressed or losing interest in usual activities occurs at least several days per week and lasts for more than two weeks.”
“Inpatient rehabilitation is designed to help you improve function after a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and is usually provided by a team of people including physicians, nurses and other specialized therapists and medical professionals.”
“Driving is an important part of a person’s independent lifestyle and integration into the community. Because we take our driving skills for granted, it is easy to forget that driving is the most dangerous thing we do in our everyday lives. A brain injury can affect the skills needed to drive safely. If and when an injured person may safely return to driving should be addressed early in recovery. The injured person, family members, and health professionals should all be included in this important decision. If anyone has concerns that driving may put the injured person or others in danger, health professionals may recommend pre-driving testing.”
“Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, weariness or lack of energy. After a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), you may have more than one kind of fatigue.”
“After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), many couples find that their relationship with each other changes dramatically. These changes are very personal and can be very emotional for both people in the relationship. This fact sheet will help couples understand some of the common changes they may notice in their relationship after TBI. Also, suggestions are given for ways that couples can address some of the more difficult changes they are experiencing.”
“Parental involvement is critical when a young person is returning to school after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Parents have the most knowledge about their child and are deeply invested in their daughter’s or son’s well-being and future. Often parents become advocates to ensure that all essential supports are in place to enhance their child’s successful return to school. Parents may also be a go-between to make sure all the necessary medical information has been provided so the school can design the best plan for the student. If the student is close to exiting school, vocational rehabilitation professionals may also be involved.”
The “head and neck” was the body region most often injured (59%) in hospitalised cases of assault on women and girls.
“This Trainer’s Guide was created by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) in the United States, as a “tool to educate and prepare domestic violence programs and advocates to enhance domestic violence advocacy services and skills,” when brain injury is involved.”
Head and neck injuries accounted for 19% of hospitalised do-it-yourself (DIY) fall-related injuries sustained around the home, and 7% of DIY injuries were brain injuries.
“Out of Calamity: Stories of Trauma Survivors is a book of portraits of people and their families who have experienced and endured severe brain trauma with dignity, courage, humour and resilience.” The author is Roger Rees, Emeritus Professor of Disability Studies and Research in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, Adelaide. For twenty five years he has managed a rehabilitation and educational consultancy for people experiencing neurological injury and trauma.”
“Nearly all of the survivors of a traumatic head injury and their families with whom I have worked have had one complaint: There is nothing written that explains head injury in clear, easy to understand language. Most say the available material is too medical or too difficult to read.” Dr Glen Johnson, Clinical Neuropsychologist
This resource, produced by the National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD), the “national peak organisation representing the interests of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)”, aims to assist parents and carers to understand the challenges that children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can have.
This resource, produced by the National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD), the “national peak organisation representing the interests of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)”, aims to expose the common myths associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
“A registered charity that supports awareness, information, research, hope, positivity, humour and advocacy for people who are affected by Brain Tumours.”
“The best approach to concussion management involves the entire sports medicine team.”
“This document, published in 2011, provides an overview of select medical issues that are important to team physicians responsible for athletes with concussion.”
Position Statement on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by the Demographics and Clinical Assessment Working Group of the International and Interagency Initiative Toward Common Data Elements for Research on Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health. “In this article, we discuss criteria for considering or establishing a diagnosis of TBI, with a particular focus on the problems how a diagnosis of TBI can be made when patients present late after injury and how mild TBI may be differentiated from non-TBI causes with similar symptoms. Technologic advances in magnetic resonance imaging and the development of biomarkers offer potential for improving diagnostic accuracy in these situations.”
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome “has a mission: to educate and train parents and professionals, and to conduct research that will prevent the shaking and abuse of infants in the United States”.
“Never shake your baby. This can lead to Shaken Baby Syndrome and cause permanent damage to their developing brain.” Fact Sheet produced by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, for parents on how to best manage a crying baby.
“HemiHelp is a membership organisation offering information and support to children and their families affected by hemiplegia. Hemiplegia is a lifelong condition caused by injury to the brain. It affects movement on one side of the body to a varying degree, and can also cause other less visible effects such as epilepsy, specific learning difficulties, anxiety or challenging behaviour.”
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