Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain
Injury recently unveiled a new Real Warriors Campaign profile. The Real Warriors
Campaign is a multimedia public education initiative designed to combat stigma associated
with seeking treatment for psychological health concerns and traumatic brain injury
(TBI). Please click
No Brain Injury is too mild to ignore or too severe to lose hope!
Below is an overview of the difficulties associated with a traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury has been long known as the "Silent Epidemic" for it is widespread, yet largely unrecognized and misunderstood. Unlike a physical disability, a brain injury is cognitively based making it less apparent. Everyone recovers at a different rate and people will plateau. TBI is looked as an active recovery that will occur over a lifetime.
Blasts are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury for active duty military service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a external physical force that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness. A rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head can force the brain to move back and forth against the skull, which can pull apart nerve fibers and damage brain tissue. A TBI may affect one physically, cognitively, emotionally and behaviorally. A TBI can change the way we think, act and feel in a matter of seconds.
TBI vs. PTSD: A traumatic brain injury is a physical injury that has immediate symptom presentation. There is active recovery and generally will improve with time. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is an emotional reaction to a traumatic event. The symptoms may have a delayed presentation and may require long term assistance. They are often confused or co-exist.
Identification and diagnosis TBI. The best way to determine if there has been a Brain Injury is medical documentation through an CT and/or MRI and Neuropsychological Evaluations. You may also recognize a sudden change or inconsistent performance and difficulty with retention of new information.
The Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury. The effects will vary from person to person. No two brain injuries are the same as no two individuals are.