Mild Traumatic Brain Injury by wuzhengqin

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									Mild Traumatic Brain
        Injury
     Dr. Elena Klaw
                   TBI
OIF/OEF - Higher rates of survival from IEDs,
rockets, mortars, projectiles
Moderate & severe TBIs show up on
MRIs/CTs=hospital treatment & rehab
Minor TBIs= Blows to head that cause loss of
consciousness
Silent injury, very common
May cause common symptoms among vets: e.g.
cognitive & sleep problems, irritability, pain
These problems are physical and psychological
Related to PTSD, impossible to separate
      Recovery from MBTIs
Most people recover completely: brain plasticity
Symptoms are not associated with weakness
Key aspects of treatment:
 Recognize most vets have combat reactions

 VA screening essential for benefits

 Collaborative: medical and psych treatment

 Symptom management regardless of cause

 Treatment for sleep problems essential

 Avoidance of substances important

 Good self care, & support essential
Writing: Understanding Reactions
What feelings best          Happy
describe how you are        Anxious
feeling overall today?      Irritable/angry
                            Frustrated
                            Sad
                            Pain
                            Guilt
                            Amused
                            Tired
                            Numb
               Changes
Write: How have you changed as a result of
deployment/military service?

Discuss: How might someone change as a result
of deployment/ military service?

Which changes are positive?

Which changes are most difficult?
                Resources
Write: What kinds of support have been most
helpful to you since coming home?

Discuss:

   What types of support are most helpful to
    veterans?

   What are barriers to getting help?

   How can vets best help each other?
        Local Resources
SJSU Counseling Center 924-5910 (Dr.
Francisco)
Vet Benefits/Vet Center Resources:
Dustin.Noll@VA.gov

								
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