Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of brain injuries.

There are two types of brain injury: Traumatic and Non-Traumatic. A traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, happens when an external force alters brain function. This can occur when the head is struck or when it hits something due to a fall, motor vehicle accident, assault, and other causes. At least 5.3 million Americans live with a TBI-related disability. That’s one in every 60 people.

Non-traumatic brain injury, also known as an acquired brain injury, causes damage to the brain due to internal factors such as a lack of oxygen, exposure to toxins, and pressure from a tumor. An acquired brain injury is any injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.

From the Brain Injury Association of America:

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

TBI symptoms may include problems with thinking, concentration, reaction time, and emotions, as well as feeling more tired than usual. Some symptoms may affect a person’s ability to do their normal work activities. Symptoms may last for months or even years, and for some, may involve co-occurring health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

Symptoms of Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

There are a wide range of symptoms of non-traumatic brain injury. While no two survivors will experience the same set of symptoms, there are some that are more common than others. Here are some common symptoms of non-traumatic brain injury:

  • Dizziness
  • Vision changes
  • Poor coordination
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Speaking

A brain injury can be a challenging experience for you and your loved ones. If you need assistance, please reach out to the following organizations.

Brain Injury Association of America

Concussion Legacy Foundation

National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

United States Brain Injury Alliance

Military Health System’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

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