Traumatic Brain Injury

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Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the term used when there is damage to the brain as the result of an injury. It usually results from a blow to the head that causes the brain to smash against the inside of the skull. An object, such as a bullet or shrapnel, penetrating the skull can also cause traumatic brain injury. If the injury is mild, there may be temporary dysfunction of brain cells. A more serious injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and physical damage to the brain that may result in long-term complications or death (Mayo, 2010). Traumatic brain injury, which is often called the signature wound of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, has many different causes.…show more content…
They are working with Department of Defense research laboratories to achieve cutting edge problem solving for blast injuries. Achievements by this project include medical standards for personal protective equipment. Also, the new concept of ‘reset’ for Soldiers in redeployment, or returning home, is ensuring healthy return to civilian life for citizen Soldiers. Improvement of battlefield medical treatment to decrease neurotrauma and hemorrhage is one of the program’s major areas of focus. Last, the Blast Injury Research Program is bringing technology advances and new research concepts to DoD programs (DoD,…show more content…
In moderate to severe traumatic brain injury there could be permanent memory loss, trouble with speech and loss of coordination among other visible and invisible symptoms. Since the individual did not have these issues prior to the injury they will most likely have a negative effect at first. Due to the loss of abilities, they may experience mood changes, anger, depression or anxiousness. These internal psychological challenges may also be compounded by the social anxiety they may feel. Unfortunately, the general society is unforgiving toward those with special needs or differences. Those who don’t understand may become frustrated or have harsh words toward the individual exhibiting the TBI symptoms. This new treatment by the public may cause the individual to turn inward or stop seeking social experiences. Support of family members, close friends and therapists can alleviate some of these stress and anxiety felt by the

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