Effects Of Tbi Essay

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1 TITLE Julia Pate Psych 140 – General Psychology Summer 2011 2 Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a neuropsychological disorder that has affected me and my family. April 11, 1991 was the day that turned our world upside down. I received a call from my aunt around 5:30 am; my mother had been in a horrific car accident. She had been hit by a tractor trailer and her fate was unknown. After waiting at the hospital for what seemed like hours, we learned form the doctors that my mother had sustained a closed traumatic brain injury. She was unresponsive to voice commands, to pain, and was on a respirator. My mother was in a coma and we had no idea how long she would remain in the coma or if she would ever wake up. Every year 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). An estimated 5.3 million Americans – a little more than 2 percent of the population – currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury (Brain Injury Association of Kansas, 2011). Traumatic brain injury or intracranial injury is a complex injury to the brain that is caused by an external physical force and results in a total or partial functional disability. Symptoms an individual my experience with a traumatic brain injury include, loss of consciousness, balance problems, respiratory failure, headaches, difficulty processing thoughts, numbness or tingling in parts of the body, vomiting and inability to respond to others. The Glasgow Coma Scale is the most popular system used to measure the level of consciousness of a person with a traumatic brain injury. The Glasgow Coma Scale is based on a 15 point scale for estimating and categorizing the outcomes of brain injury on the basis of overall social
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