Isolation and Depression after a TBI

Many times, when focusing on life after a TBI, the discussion and research concentrate on the physical and cognitive effects.  Of late, however, there has been more and more research into the social and emotional effects of a traumatic brain injury.  The results are very eye-opening. Friends and Family are there in the beginning In the first weeks after an …

Summer Camp – Not just for Kids!

This past summer, we dropped our son off at summer camp.  What is a typical and recurring experience for many children and their parents was a new experience for our family.  You see, unlike the thousands of children who attend various types of camps each year, our son is an adult. And this was not your run-of-the-mill summer camp. A …

Gift Ideas for the TBI Survivor in your Life

As you are preparing for the gift-giving season, or just for reference for future ideas, we have compiled a list of gift-giving ideas for the TBI survivor in your life. Help with transportation Since many TBI survivors cannot drive themselves, providing a way for them to get from place to place is very much appreciated.  This can be in the …

Post Concussion Syndrome

A concussion is sometimes thought of as a mild traumatic brain injury.  However, the effects are often serious and long-lasting.  When the symptoms continue longer than expected after an injury, this is known as “Post Concussion Syndrome.” Any bump, blow, or jolt to the head can cause a concussion.  In addition, a hit to the body that causes the head …

How to Explain a Brain Injury Disability

When someone experiences a brain injury, many areas of their life can be affected.  One question that often comes up is how to explain the injury and the resulting disabilities to those around them. Before that can be done, it is important to understand what a traumatic brain injury is. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is basically an injury that …

A Family Affair – Ben’s Story

One of the distinguishing characteristics of survivors living with traumatic brain injuries is that life was different before their injury. This is different than someone who has always lived with a developmental or cognitive disorder. Often the contrast between “before” and “after” is very sharp and drastic.  The survivors themselves are frequently aware of this, and therefore need a community …

Domestic Violence and TBI

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  According to research by the CDC, about one in four women and nearly one in ten men report some form of intimate partner violence over their lifetime.  Domestic violence is one of the main causes of TBIs in both adults and children.  From shaken baby syndrome to blows to the head, domestic violence can …

Top 5 Things TBI Survivors Want You to Know

Recently a group of local TBI survivors were asked what they would like others to know about them and their experiences.  Here are their top five answers. More awareness is key The most common answer amongst the young adults interviewed related to awareness.  What a brain injury is and isn’t.  How it changes a person’s life and what stays the …

In his Own Words – Robb

My accident occurred in the fall of 2000.  I was an apprentice for a brick laying company and fell from scaffolding 10 ft. onto a concrete pad.  I acquired a traumatic brain injury along with other minor injuries.  It has been a long, difficult recovery to my new normal.  I was engaged and working toward a job that I really …

Top 6 Reasons to Join a TBI Support Group

While there are many reasons a survivor of a traumatic brain injury would choose to join a support group, here are our top six: Learn strategies from others on how to live with TBI Beyond the medical and rehabilitation worlds – which also offer support in how to adjust to life after a TBI – a TBI support group can …