Understanding and Healing from a Brain Injury

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When sudden trauma causes damage to the brain, a traumatic brain injury occurs. All brain injuries are incredibly unique and can be caused by many different things. The head may hit violently against another object causing the brain to shake against the skull, or a sharp object may pierce through the bone and into the brain tissue. Loss of consciousness, confusion, headache, dizziness, and blurred vision are all symptoms that might be experienced. Understanding the Injury Brain injuries can be incredibly difficult to deal with not only for survivors but also for the family and friends who are helping them. If you undergo a traumatic brain injury, it’s important to …

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Brain Injuries and Depression

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According to the Brain Injury Society, a premier resource for those wanting to know more about the human brain, 14.8 million American adults will suffer yearly from a major depressive disorder. This works out to about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 18, in 2005 figures. The incidence, in 2016, is roughly 21.7 million people. This is four times as many as are expected to experience their first heart attack, or die of cancer.   Depending on the cause, some victims of depression will recover, thanks to pharmaceuticals and/or cognitive therapy. Where depression is the result of changes in brain chemistry – like hormone levels or …

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Natural Cures For Brain Injuries

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If you’ve ever been in a severe accident and had damage that caused a brain injury you know how devastating it can be to heal and overcome. For some, healing can be a long and stressful journey. An injury to the brain affects your thinking, your mobility, and daily function. Many suffer through brain injuries after traumatic events like a hard fall, a knock to the head, and a concussion. Brain injuries are no laughing matter. They leave the victim feeling helpless and in much pain, and sometimes permanently handicapped. It is frustrating to find oneself helpless after trauma, yet studies show that you can find a level of healing …

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Harmful Substances to Your Brain

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  Marijuana and alcohol are two widely used substances that can be harmful. Despite this, both are readily, if not legally, available to individuals of all ages, a fact that largely contributes to the way in which both are socially accepted.   Socially, people associate getting high and being tipsy with having a good time. It’s easy for someone to take a sip from a friend’s drink or smoke a joint being passed around. However, most aren’t aware of the extent to which their brain is affected when they do so.   The legalization of marijuana, in particular, is a hot topic right now, especially with Canada being next in …

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How Practicing Yoga Can Help with a Brain Injury

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Many people know the major benefits of yoga, like helping reduce depression and stress and boost immunity. It can also help in physical ways as well, such as reducing back pain, relieving tight or sore muscles and soothing aching joints. What about helping with a brain injury though? Many times, people who undergo traumatic brain injury can be left with tightness throughout the body, a lack of balance or decreased mobility. These physical aspects are all things that yoga can help with. So what can practicing yoga do to further help you heal from a brain injury? Practicing Yoga with a Brain Injury Helps You… Focus on Your Abilities Rather …

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Helping Others Understand a Brain Injury

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A brain injury can be life changing for the person who suffers from the injury and everyone in his or her life. While friends and family try to be supportive during a difficult time of transition and recovery, many individuals with a brain injury often struggle with conflicting emotions, a roller coaster of advances and setbacks, and may often feel alone and as if nobody can understand.   Although no one can truly understand what someone with a brain injury goes through, unless he or she has suffered one, too, trying to gain a better understanding can help brain injury survivors, as well as their family and friends. For Brain …

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The Level of Pain & Injury from Slip and Fall Accidents

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Sometimes people slip and fall, and the only thing they believe that they hurt is their pride. Others might not feel anything significant until the next day when they begin to feel pain, discomfort and limited range of motion. Those symptoms might mean something more serious. That is when it is time for them to be examined. When somebody trips and falls, it is also classified as a slip and fall injury. The physics of the two accidents are actually different though. When a person slips and falls, it is ordinarily caused by a foreign substance that makes a walking surface slippery. The person usually falls backward. In a trip …

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How Music Therapy Helps Heal Brain Injury Victims

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Hans Christian Anderson once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Music is a magical machine that connects us together. It helps us learn, relaxes us, gives us energy, it makes us laugh and it makes us cry. Music also has the ability to bring us emotional healing. Ever heard an upbeat song on the radio and started dancing to the beat? You might have even caught yourself dancing while driving. In the 1980s a popular song called, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” was made popular. People everywhere were smile t-shirts with the lyrics of the song as a reminder to cheer up on cloudy days. Children learn their ABC’s through repetitive …

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Keeping Your Child Safe During Warmer Weather Sports

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When warmer weather arrives, your kids are antsy to get outside and enjoy the weather. As a parent, stuck in the house with your children all winter, there’s a good chance you strongly encourage their interest in getting more activity. While some kids are content to hop on their bikes and ride to the park, others are eager to sign up for warm weather sports.   Although there are numerous benefits to playing organized sports, such as learning to be part of a team (as winners or losers), how to deal with pressure, and staying healthy, sports (particularly contact sports) can be dangerous. The Potential Dangers of Youth Sports   …

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Understanding Brain Injury Emotional Fluctuations

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Once a person experiences a brain concussion, even if it appears to not be severe, can lead to traumatic brain injury. A person cannot be fully certain of having a TBI (traumatic brain injury) until correct examinations are made that provide a clear diagnosis. There have been many cases when people who experienced a minor or major head blow, go on with their lives, and forget all about the injury. Later they are plagued by debilitating side effects of that same injury. Their lives are completely changed, as the people around them cannot recognize the person anymore. This is because their emotions, temperament, and personality can change completely. Dealing with …

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