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Why misconceptions happen:

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States is approximately 1.5–2 million cases per year, and it is the foremost cause of injury and neurological disability among children, young adults and seniors. Despite the frequency with which it occurs, the general public maintains misconceptions about traumatic brain injuries.


Because of the prolonged (and at times incomplete) recovery process, TBI patients may go back to their roles in their respective communities while still dealing with their particular deficits, and while undergoing the rehabilitation process. Due to existing misconceptions about TBI, they are often expected to perform their activities at the same level as pre-injury. When this occurs, it can often lead to frustration and anger which can, in turn, impede the healing process.

Here you can read about the five main misconceptions society has about people with TBI:

1. Emotional needs

A common misconception is that people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury no longer have the same emotional needs. While their quality of life and cognitive and physical functions may differ, people with have suffered a brain injury have the same emotional needs as each one of us: they want to feel loved, useful, needed, to be treated with respect, to have personal space, and to retain control over their lives.

2. Being part of the dialogue

Many people believe that an adult with a brain injury shouldn’t be a part of the discussion concerning his or her care, treatment, or any other plans to assist in solving the individual’s challenges. It is sometimes difficult for loved ones to accept the fact that it is important for a person with a brain injury to be part of any dialogue concerning his or her treatment, care, prognosis, or rehabilitation options.Brain Injury Clinic 1024x671 - TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY MISCONCEPTIONS (5 THINGS PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND)

If possible, even the most trying or upsetting information should be discussed with an adult who suffers from a TBI.

3. Misdiagnoses in TBI

According to Thomas J. Guilmette, it is not only the general public who hold misconceptions about TBI victims; even health professionals who don’t specialize in brain injuries have problems correctly assessing the length and extent of recovery, and who don’t have the knowledge about the multiplicity of deficits (mainly with respect to mental and behavioral impairments). Occasionally, patients with a TBI are even misdiagnosed as learning disabled or mentally ill.

That is why it is so important to seek professional medical help at a brain injury center or brain injury clinic, where knowledge and awareness of this condition are of the highest possible level.

4. Recovery time

Many people believe that catastrophic rehabilitation (rehabilitation after TBI) will take up to two years to complete and that the recovery will be steady — this is another misconception.

Brain injury rehabilitation is a very complex process, ideally performed at a brain injury center, where patients respond to treatment individually. No two patients are the same; whenever in doubt, ask your physician or medical professional at your brain injury clinic about therapy progress and prognosis.Screen Shot 2018 01 30 at 19.29.38 - TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY MISCONCEPTIONS (5 THINGS PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND)

A person with a traumatic brain injury may be able to do something effortlessly one day, then find the same thing problematic the next day. Even though much of the recovery process does indeed occur during the first two years, it is not necessarily complete by the end of two years — the catastrophic rehabilitation process can continue throughout a lifetime.

5. “Old normal” vs. “new normal”

For many TBI patients (and their families) getting to a point where everything is “back to normal” is the Holy Grail. Every day, they do everything in their power to come one step closer towards this goal.

Opening oneself to the possibility that the “new normal” doesn’t need to be bad may create the space needed for new dynamics and relationships in the family to blossom. No one is denying that dealing with a TBI is a challenging time for everyone, but clinging to past behaviors, traits, abilities, and ambitions has the potential to slow down recovery.

The best chance of recovery

The misconceptions listed above make it difficult for a person affected by TBI, and his or her loved ones, to regain both health and position in society. In such a trying time, what is most needed is understanding, knowledge, awareness, and empathy.

The truth is that no one can do this alone. Every patient deserves support from a great team of medical professionals to assist them throughout the process of brain injury rehabilitation. NeuLife Rehabilitation offers just that support.

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the largest residential post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the Southeast, with specialized rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries.

Our programs are customized to meet the individual needs of each patient, and care plans are structured to promote the highest level of functional independence and successful community reintegration. Through the skills and experience of our highly trained team of clinical experts, we are able to treat a wide range of diagnoses and injuries at our brain injury center.

If you have any more questions concerning catastrophic rehabilitation or any other issue regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI), call us to make an appointment today. You can also schedule a tour to visit our brain injury clinic.

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Common causes of brain injury and 6 tips to prevent it

A brain injury is any injury to the brain that affects a person physically, emotionally or behaviorally. Brain injuries can happen at birth or may arise later from trauma or an illness. Depending on the cause, a brain injury is called either traumatic or non-traumatic.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries do not always include an open head wound or skull fracture. Loss of consciousness may not occur, either, but the one thing that all traumatic brain injuries have in common is contact. These are the most common causes of a traumatic brain injury (TBI):

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Violence or gunshot wound
  • Military attack or bomb blast

Causes of Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

A non-traumatic brain injury may also be called an acquired brain injury (ABI). This type of brain injury is the result of an illness or condition within the body, not of a blow to the head. These are the most common causes of a non-traumatic brain injury:

  • Stroke (leading cause)
  • Lack of oxygen (hypoxia)
  • Tumors
  • Other illness such as cancer
  • Brain infections or inflammation
  • Other infections

Symptoms of a Brain Injury

According to NeuLife brain injury rehabilitation center, common symptoms of traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury include:

  • Headache
  • Difficulty coordinating balance
  • Blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Other milder vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Changes in sensory perception
  • Trouble speaking and swallowing
  • Personality changes
  • Difficulty forming sentences or choosing vocabulary
  • Confusion
  • Trouble communicating
  • Difficulty with reasoning, focus and logic
  • Memory impairments

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

NeuLife brain injury rehabilitation center advises you to follow these steps to reduce the risk of brain injury

1. Wear your seat belt

NeuLife brain injury rehabilitation center specialists report that most of the clients they treat were injured in motor-vehicle accidents. Seat belts reduce serious injuries and deaths from crashes by about 50%.

  • Always wear a seat belt each time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  • A child should sit in the back seat of the car and be buckled in with a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt (according to the child’s height, weight and age).

2. Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Alcohol and drugs, including prescription medications, can impair a person’s ability to drive. Alcohol-impaired drivers are involved in about one in three crash deaths, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths annually.

3. Don’t text or use a cell phone while driving

Cell phones are the No. 1 source of driver distraction. Using a mobile device while driving is similar to having a blood alcohol level at the legal limit of 0.08, according to research from the University of Utah. Statistics show that drivers who talk on cell phones or text while driving are four times as likely to get into a car crash serious enough to injure themselves.

4. Wear a helmet

Adults and children should wear a helmet and protective gear when participating in sports and recreational activities. Always wear a helmet when:

  • Riding a bike, motorcycle or skateboard
  • Skiing, snowboarding or using inline skates
  • Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey or boxing
  • Playing baseball or softball

5. Prevent falls at home

The chances of falling can be reduced in older adults by doing the following:

  • Installing handrails in bathrooms and on both sides of a stairway
  • Removing tripping hazards, such as throw rugs and clutter
  • Improving lighting throughout the house or apartment
  • Maintaining regular activity and mobility in older adults
  • Using non-slip mats in the bathtub or on the shower floor
  • Getting regular eye exams

6. Prevent head injuries in children

Head injuries can be prevented in children by:

  • Installing window guards to prevent falls out of open windows
  • Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs
  • Keeping stairs clear of clutter
  • Using playgrounds with shock-absorbing materials on the ground

Want to learn more about NeuLife brain injury rehabilitation center?

NeuLife is a Residential Post-Acute Rehab facility specializing in brain injury rehabilitation. Its program includes physical medicine and rehabilitation medical management, psychiatric and neuropsychological services, physical, occupational, speech and cognitive therapies, behavioral, dietary and vocational counseling, and more.  Beautifully situated on 43 acres in Mount Dora, Florida, its inpatient rehab facility comprises over 60,000 square feet and contains 54 private rooms or suites. If you would like more information about NeuLife Rehabilitation Services, please contact us.

Depression after a brain injury: basic information you and your family need to know

Research has found that patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are three times more likely to experience depression than those who have not had one. For every 10 people who do not have a brain injury, approximately one person will have depression. For every 10 people who do, approximately three people will. Both the patient and their caregivers must educate themselves to recognize the signs and lower the chance of anxiety. At NeuLife, we help prepare patients and family for a successful return to normal life by guiding them through the whole process of brain injury rehabilitation.  

Unfortunately, researchers have not been able to determine specific factors that cause depression after brain injuries or when it usually starts. Some people experience depression right after their injury, while others develop it a year or more later. Regardless of when your brain injury occurred, it is important to tell your doctor about any depressive symptoms. The doctors and health care professionals at NeuLife brain injury clinic will then ask you a series of questions or have you fill out a questionnaire or form to aid in diagnosing you.

Symptoms of depression

These are some symptoms of early depression:

  • Feeling down, depressed, or sad most of the day or even longer
  • Changes in your sleeping habits, such as sleeping poorly or sleeping more than usual
  • Losing interest in everyday activities like your favorite hobbies, time with family members, or going out with friends
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco
  • Abnormal decrease or increase in appetite
  • Strong feelings of sadness, helplessness and hopelessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

Often, people suffering from depression do not notice their own symptoms, leaving it up to caregivers and close friends or family to be attentive to mood or behavioral changes.

How is depression treated?

Depression is usually treated two ways:

  • Personal counseling with a health care professional, called psychotherapy. You and a trained psychologist or psychiatrist will talk about your symptoms and how to develop ways to deal with them.
  • Antidepressants prescribed by a doctor. It is important that you do not start taking them without a consultation with a specialist.

However, the most important factor in treating depression as part of a brain injury rehabilitation program is the support of family members and friends. A person suffering from depression often feels worthless and loses their sense of belonging. Those close to the patient should make an extra effort to show them how much they matter by keeping lines of communication open and involving them in social activities.

About NeuLife

NeuLife is a Residential Post-Acute Rehab facility specializing in brain injury rehabilitation. Its program includes physical medicine and rehabilitation medical management, psychiatric and neuropsychological services, physical, occupational, speech and cognitive therapies, behavioral, dietary and vocational counseling, and more. Beautifully situated on 43 acres in Mount Dora, Florida, its inpatient rehab facility comprises over 60,000 square feet and contains 54 private rooms or suites. If you would like more information about NeuLife Rehabilitation Services, please contact us.