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Staying Healthy After Traumatic Brain Injury

Living Well After a Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41369_VA
A TBI can change your life. Symptoms may include slowed thinking, headaches, clumsiness, memory loss, and mood swings. Learning how to deal with these symptoms can be hard and even make you feel depressed and angry. But the good news is that most TBI symptoms do and will improve with time. And even though some symptoms may last for years or even a lifetime, you can find ways to cope.
Improving Sleep After Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41355_VA
Because everybody’s brain is different, your symptoms may be different from those of other people. Symptoms can include changes in the way you feel, act, think, and move. Having trouble sleeping is one symptom that affects many people with TBI.
Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41377_VA
Many TBIs occur during car accidents. Falls, firearms, explosions, and assaults are other major causes. Falls are a leading cause of TBIs for adults ages 45 and older and children. Car accidents and assaults are leading causes for teens and young adults. The first tip is to recognize the dangers of a TBI and avoid risky behavior.
Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41371_VA
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to your brain that can change the way you think, act, and feel. It is easy to understand how a brain injury can change your thinking. It may be harder to understand how it changes your feelings. In fact, dealing with changes in feelings and emotions may be the hardest part of a TBI. One of the changes that can happen after a TBI is depression.
Adjustment Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41375_VA
Having a TBI and getting better after a TBI are life-changing and stressful events. Some people develop a group of symptoms called adjustment disorder after a trauma such as a TBI.
Anxiety and Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41373_VA
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a brain injury that can change the way you think, act, and feel. A TBI could be caused by a blow to your head, falls, fights, sports, and car accidents. Anxiety is fear and worry. Dealing with a TBI is stressful, so it’s not surprising that anxiety is a common symptom of a TBI. But when fear and worry become so strong that they get in the way of your ability to live your life, you could have an anxiety disorder.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41363_VA
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a jolt or blow to your head that changes the way your brain works. It can cause changes in the way you think, act, and feel. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after a scary experience in your life that also changes the way you think, act, and feel. PTSD can occur after events like accidents and assaults. Being diagnosed with a TBI increases the chance that you will also have PTSD.
Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41365_VA
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a shock or blow to your head that changes the way your brain works. A TBI can change the way you think, feel, and act. Substance abuse is using a substance, like alcohol or a drug, in an uncontrolled way that hurts you or those around you. Many people with a TBI also have problems with substance abuse.
Caring for a Loved One With a Traumatic Brain Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41367_VA
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by a blow or shock that changes the way the brain works. The common causes of a TBI are falls, fights, auto accidents, and sports injuries. If you have a loved one with a TBI, it is important to learn as much as you can about the condition so you can take an active role in caregiving.
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Alcohol often plays a role in TBIs. Three out of four people admitted to the hospital for a TBI have been drinking.

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