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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is not like any other injury. Although someone may survive a catastrophic traumatic brain injury with an excellent outcome and without any apparent physical disfigurements, the person who has sustained a TBI may have cognitive and emotional impairments that will impact the life of the TBI survivor, their caregivers, friends, and their families forever.
In injuries that are classified as “mild” to “moderate, ” many of the symptoms are subtle. Diagnostic imaging may not pick up the pathology and it is common that a traumatic brain injury is not diagnosed. Insurance companies are quick to deny even the most basic physical and cognitive therapies. In cases of “mild” or “moderate” TBI, “concussion,” “brain injury” or “cognitive impairment” may never be documented in medical records. Even if a health care professional validates the with a TBI diagnosis, the fight for insurance companies to pay for treatment is always a battle.
As with most misunderstood injuries, many health care professionals might be inclined to label the person with a TBI as a malingerer, or worse. Because people with a traumatic brain injury appear outwardly just as they did before the injury, many survivors find themselves isolated and alienated from their friends and family.
Someone who has sustained a TBI may find that they are not able to process information at the speed or level of comprehension that they did pre-injury. He or she may find that they are unable to multi-task and lost their ability to edit themselves in social situations. Violent behavior, anger and lashing out may manifest as a result of frustration and inability to respond in a pre-injury manner. Headaches are common, and smell and taste can be affected. Memory and recall are often times profoundly affected.
Conscious or unconscious awareness of the situation becomes the private “hell” of the person with a traumatic brain injury who is alone and unable to diagnose or “cure” the injury. Awareness of the situation of those around a person who has sustained a TBI and the inability to find the magic pill or treatment or therapies to “fix” the situation and bring back the pre-injury person becomes an overwhelming and life-consuming challenge for family and friends.