Traumatic Brain Injury
"I wish I had a bandage on my
head so people would understand that I have an injury they can't
Maybe they would be more
patient with me if they knew."
According to the CDC, "A TBI is caused by a bump,
blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the
normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in
a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from 'mild,' i.e., a brief change
in mental status or consciousness to 'severe,' i.e., an extended period of
unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury."
According to anyone with a brain injury, it's the
worst that could happen to anyone, ever. TBI damages the brain as the
result of a traumatic action. The symptoms of an ABI are similar to TBI.
An acquired brain injury "includes all types of traumatic brain injuries
and also brain injuries caused after birth by cerebral vascular accidents
(commonly known as stroke), and loss of oxygen to the brain (hypoxic brain
There is No Such Thing as a Mild
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