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COMMUNICATION DISORDERS AFTER A BRAIN INJURY

A brain injury can affect our communication abilities by impairing hearing, the muscle movements of speech, or the cognitive processes that turn our thoughts into words. Communication problems vary, depending on an individual’s personality, pre-injury abilities, and the severity of … Continue reading

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The most Basic Virtue after a TBI is Cognition

What is the most important thing to the TBI Survivor for improvement? Some would think perseverance and some would think consistency. Both are important, but there may be an even more influential virtue. I suggest that the most influential virtue … Continue reading

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Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury

Is a diffuse axonal brain injury (severe closed head injury) worse than any other form of brain injury? http://www.braininjuryinstitute.org/Brain-Injury-Types/Diffuse-Axonal-Brain-Injury.html from http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/29838365 Keep fighting, Jules Our thoughts and prayers are with you c PS: Another great resource on this subject is … Continue reading

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A SHORT EXTRACT FROM MY BOOK ‘STIRLING’

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/a-short-extract-from-my-book-stirling-2/ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one … Continue reading

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Some Cognitive Effects of Head Injury

SOME COGNITIVE EFFECTS OF HEAD INJURY:

by Craig Lock

“Compare it (your head) to a jelly in a bowl. The bowl is the skull – a strong, protective container – and the jelly (the brain) is nestled within. The skull is able to withstand many types of blows; but the brain is vulnerable to sudden swirling or rotating movements. Shake the bowl and see what happens to the jelly.”
– Dr Don Mackie, Emergency Specialist(in New Zealand)

This extract (in note form) is from a chapter from my manuscript titled MY STORY, MY DREAM Also LIVING WITH HEAD (BRAIN) INJURY (from ‘MY STORY’)

and his latest WHO WANTS TO BE NORMAL ANYWAY
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Living with Head Injury: (from ‘My Story’) [Paperback] LIVING WITH HEAD (BRAIN) INJURY (from ‘MY STORY’) * A look into head injury, sometimes known as the “hidden handicap” and the effects on the person (casualty). In this “work” I’ll share … Continue reading

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The “Hidden Handicap – the Silent Epidemic”

Subnitter’s Note
The following piece is from information that I’ve researched and collected over the past twenty-five years. Some of the writings are words from my own experiences and much material from sources unknown (some of which has been re-written and re-phrased by me). I am sharing this information in the spirit of promoting greater awareness of head (or brain) injury, as well as helping and hopefully encouraging “victims of the hidden ‘handicap’” to realise their full potentials and be all that they are capable of achieving, being and becoming.
Craig Lock
October 2005
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Some introductory comments re the title of this article

* because it can’t be seen and brain /head damaged people look perfectly “normal” (what’s that!).

NB: NO, I don’t necessarily see it, this label as a ‘handicap’, but rather as an opportunity for personal growth.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed* of an equal or greater benefit.”
– Napoleon Hill (in his great book ‘Think and Grow Rich’)

* this should perhaps read “rather the POTENTIAL seed” in cases of head (brain) damage

“Just because a brain has been damaged, does NOT necessarily have to affect the human mind…and so the quality and height of our thoughts!”
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The Lasting Effects from Blows to the Head (Concussion)

Article Summary: The brain damage sustained after a concussion is not always immediately apparent…and the effects can be long lasting A blow to the head that knocks a person unconscious can result in widespread loss of brain tissue …and this is why some people who suffer head injuries are never quite the same.

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“Compare it (your head) to a jelly in a bowl. The bowl is the skull – a strong, protective container – and the jelly (the brain) is nestled within. The skull is able to withstand many types of blows; but the brain is vulnerable to sudden swirling or rotating movements. Shake the bowl and see what happens to the jelly.”

– Don Mackie, Emergency Specialist, Hutt Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand

Different mental abilities are located in different parts of the brain, so a head injury can damage some, but not necessarily all, skills such as speed of thought, memory, understanding, concentration, solving problems and using language. The cognitive effects of a brain injury affect the way a person thinks, learns and remembers. Brain damage leads to difficulty in making decisions, processing information quickly, problem solving and especially coming up with different solutions in a pressured environment of stress. (So I most like writing and “dealing with people” in a relaxed environment!).

The more severe the injury, the more brain tissue is lost. “There is more damage and it is more widespread than we had expected,” said Dr Brian Levine of the Rotman Research Institute and the University of Toronto, whose new study appears in the journal ‘Neurology’. Dr Levine studied brain scans taken from 69 traumatic brain injury patients whose head injuries ranged from mild to moderate or severe. Canadian researchers ran a computer analysis of these images and found that even patients with mild brain injuries with no apparent scarring had less brain volume. “When you have a blow to the head, it causes a neuro-chemical reaction in the brain cells that leads to cell death,” Dr Levine said. “The more cells that die, the less tissue you have. The amount of tissue loss seems to be related to the severity of the injury – how long the person was knocked out.”

Brain injury may prompt one area of the brain to be “reassigned” and take over the function of another. Professor Richard Faull from the University of Auckland (New Zealand ) explains simply: “Think of it as a sort of emergency breakdown service (‘We Fix Neurons — Fast!’). It is literally like a little highway; but instead of going directly from Auckland to Wellington, it goes to Whangarei, to Taranaki, then to Wellington! The route is highly distorted and there may be all sorts of reasons for that.”
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Head Injury/Brain Injury) – Some Facts

Stunning Gisborne NZ sunrise: A bright new dawn awaits… Article Title: Head Injury/Brain Injury) – Some Facts Author: Craig Lock Category (key words): head injury, brain injury, neuro-psychology, medical information Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various … Continue reading

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A case of Devine intervention for brave Steve

I was so tired I lay down and went to sleep right where I was.”
Soon after even the hallway proved beyond his reach. He pulled the car into the garage, and just slumbered there at the wheel. “It was just fatigue and headache-type symptoms. I remember another time I opened the car door on my head. I just wasn’t in sync with what I was doing. I knew something was wrong.”
“For the first eight months it was a matter of lying in a room and sleeping,” he says. “Our second child had only just been born, my wife was running a business and looking after two kids and myself. I was truly a waste of time.
“My concentration was shot to pieces. Holding a conversation was incredibly difficult – just to talk like we are now, I’d need a sleep afterwards. If there was background noise I couldn’t cope. Often I couldn’t concentrate enough to even hold conversations.”
And so it went on. His vision became badly affected by bright light, he became almost intolerant to loud noise

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