Society has opened counseling and diagnostic evaluation services to the
victims of domestic violence. Brain Injury Society knows and understands
the importance of Hands Helping Hands(c) assistance as one of the important
links and methods in the recovery process.
Injury Society often spearheads activities that are needed and necessary
for the acquired brain injury population. Brain Injury Society has been
a forthright champion with regard to individuals who have sustained a brain
injury and who are desperately seeking a means to recover and lead successful
lives again. After much time, investigating available counseling departments
within Domestic Violence related centers, it was sad to learn that counseling
for the individual and their family who have sustained brain injuries are
not evaluated for traumatic brain injuries, nor are examinations done on
the expert levels definitely necessary and so vital in the recovery process.
The individuals who have sustained brain injuries are losing time needed
to correctly recover from the compounded problems that brain injury has
Brain Injury is often overlooked with physical assaults in Domestic Violence
and go unreported with diagnoses of concussions after a medical examination.
These individuals are often examined and released from emergency rooms or
little questioning is done in private medical offices. To understand concussion
is to understand that a concussion is a brain being hurt and injured and
leading to a possibly of damage occurring or having occurred. A concussion
does not have to occur to have a traumatic brain injury, concussion is symptom
as is passing out or loss of consciousness from an impact or hit to or from
a solid object.
assault is viewed by many politicians and agencies and "untouchable"
as it would avalanche issues within the woman movement, criminal justice,
family court, mental health agencies and centers as well as community groups.
Brain Injury within Domestic Violence is viewed as too political an issue
to deal with. Because of this, many women and children and yes men as well,
are misdiagnosed with other than correct than diagnosis's of Traumatic Brain
Injury. Traumatic Brain Injury is not a young or old occurrence, it is age,
gender and generation blind.
I am often
asked "How does domestic violence cause traumatic brain injury?"
I would like you to think about the question and ask yourself, "How not?"
Brain Injury is caused by an impact to the brain. Simply said; the brain
itself hitting the inside of the skull, stretching of the tissues and scrapping
of cells, bouncing of the brain back and forth, from side to side of the
skull and/or around the skull. These injuries have symptomologies that often
overlap with other diagnoses but with exceptions. These symptomologies and
the result of correct diagnoses is only seen with correct neuropsych evaluations
and executed by expert professional experts in the field of acquired brain
traumatic brain injury is to understand that it is an acquired brain injury
and not born with the various problematic deficits. These deficits can be:
speech, communication (verbal and written abilities), balance, walking,
standing, hearing (reduced or heightened) , vision (blurred, double or partial),
comprehension, behavior, mental attitude, impatience, depression, irritability,
disassociation, antisocial behavior, misplaced anger, the need to be alone
more often, lack of interest (in family, close friends, work, hobbies),
to name a few.
Society counseling is available in Brooklyn and Manhattan (Queens and Staten
Island soon). Call 718 645-4401, or click feedback button to set up an appointment
for an assessment tools, counseling (individual, family or group) or discuss
your situation or crisis.