JUNE 2019 NEWS – TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
In a special report the Neurology Times offers some updates on TBI:
Although TBI in athletes receives the bulk of the attention, this condition effects other populations as well. Elderly patients in particular, may have unrecognized clinical effects of TBI with symptoms that can be mistaken for other conditions occurring at the same time. For example, dementia and TBI can produce similar physical, cognitive and emotional responses, making it difficult to know if the patient with dementia has developed consequences of head trauma. Added to that, dementia may predispose to the types of trauma that induce TBI in elderly adults.
There is an increased predisposition to suicide among TBI survivors. While it is believed that counselling along with medical management of symptoms such as pain and depression, may diminish the risk of suicide patients, family and the health care team need to be on the lookout for what are as yet very ill defined clues of suicidal intensions. Additionally, the risk of suicide can linger for many years.
There is research being done to test the efficacy of supplements, particularly vitamins D and E as well as magnesium to see if they might mitigate the inflammation and oxidative damage incurred during and after TBI.
These foci lend a sense of legitimacy to what may be vague clinical symptoms and will encourage treatment.
Brain Trust – Canada
Supporting the importance of group counselling, the Brain trust Canada provides the opportunity to share and reflect with peers in a way that is safe and accepting. Patients may often experience impaired self-awareness as a result of damage to the pre-frontal cortex or frontal lobe where higher learning takes place in the brain. This damage can limit one’s ability to perceive themselves objectively and understand their abilities and limitations. Sharing with peers seems to help in gaining positive steps forward to increase confidence and stop self-defeating patterns of behavior.
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