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What type of government money is available for an individual after having a Traumatic Brain Injury?

I had a traumatic brain injury and am in serious need of financial help to go back to school and to live. I've heard that there are many different grants and government funds available but can't seem to find any on the internet. Does anyone know what I can do?

I am not aware of any special grants for people with TBI.
just regular financial aid, by filling out the FAFSA, which connects you with government backed-loans and grants, like any other student.

Maybe there might be a scholarship through the local branch of the TBI association, but that's all I can think of.  (+ info)

What will weed do to my brain if I am recovering from a very traumatic brain injury?

By very traumatic I mean multiple brain contusions, skull fractures, broken bones in my ear, and double vision. Do you think it will hinder my recovery? The doctor said don't do any drugs, but you would think that every doctor would tell you NOT to do drugs... Right?

I was just in your situation last year, minus the contusions and broken ear-bones. I agree that smoking anything will slow your recovery, simply from the tar and carbon monoxide, but if you use a vaporizer, you don't have to worry about inhaling combustion products.

I started smoking weed again about 2 months after my injury. It helped me wean off of the strong pain meds I was given, made a massive positive difference in my mood, and helped me deal with the psychological trauma stemming from the incident. As for the physiological effects of weed on an injured brain, here's something that you should read:

"Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon found that the administration of synthetic cannabinoids in rats stimulated the proliferation of newborn neurons (nerve cells) in the hippocampus region of the brain and significantly reduced measures of anxiety and depression-like behavior."

It did for me what it sounds like it did for those rats. I wish I could have taken part in a study to test the efficacy on human neurogenesis. The bottom line is you sound like you have a lot on your mind and you have a long way to go. In my experience, smoking weed with these kinds of injuries is the least of your worries. Relax. Stress is much worse for you right now. Just make sure you use your brain. Watch Discovery or other educational programs while you are recovering and don't let the onset of ADD and working-memory deficits get you down.

Optimism: Now you get to see the world in a new light.  (+ info)

How do I know if I have post traumatic stress disorder?

I've researched my "ailments" and think I have self diagnosed my self with post traumatic stress disorder, how would I know for sure?

If there been any trauma in your life that brothers you all the time  (+ info)

Is it possible to completely block out a traumatic memory from your childhood?

I feel that looking back at memories of my childhood and how I've grown up helps me to understand my mental health and how I've developed. However remembering some silly memories about my childhood I've wondered if something I found to be traumatic happened to me when I was young and I've completely blocked it out. Is this possible?

It's possible, but unlikely.

Sometimes, people who have undergone severe trauma will have amnesia about the incident, but Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, where unwanted memories keep on coming back, is far more common.

During the 1980s and 1990s, there was a fad about "Recovered Memories". Unfortunately, many of these were the result of suggestions planted by unscrupulous 'therapists'. Some of these claims were demonstrably false, but some people preferred the illusion to reality. Many untrue accusations, pain and injustice resulted.

Although the psychological and social dynamics of False Memory Syndrome have been demonstrated, some therapists and their clients continue to prefer constructing their own versions of reality.  (+ info)

How much does a traumatic amputation Hurt?

I know that losing a finger or hand or leg in to an accident must be one of the most traumatic things ever. I was in a car accident and have broken a bone and a few cuts, but that must be nothing compared to how much an amputation hurts. Does the body go into some kind of mode where endorphins kick in and it does not hurt so much as it looks. Unfortunately to answer, this must have happened to you.

I had a patient several years ago that had both legs amputated. One was amputated in the actual injury; the other was removed in surgery at the hospital. He said that it hurt. He knew that he was injured, but he said that he was able to tolerate the pain for quite a while. I think that he said that he lost consciousness after the beam was removed from his legs and he was being put on the helicopter. He ended up having to have a wound vac because the amputations were traumatic and therefore left open because there wasn't enough skin immediately to cover the stumps. He said at that point he had phantom pain.......in other words.....his feet hurt.  (+ info)

What are some vietnam movies/other works that show post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers?

I need some work/ art to compare with actual accounts of post traumatic stress disorder. Does anyone have any good movies/ or other works that I can use.

Thank you.

Rambo - First Blood. It is an older movie, but it shows first hand what that stress can do to you and what happens when it overwhelms you.  (+ info)

What advice would you give to someone living with post traumatic stress?

My mother went through a lot of stressful and traumatic incidents in her life. She seemed ok, but now I suspect she is exhibiting post traumatic stress. (I'm living in another country, but will return next year, when my term of service is up.) I'm here on holiday, to be with her. I noticed that her nerves seem to be constantly on edge, vulnerable, forgetful, agitated. She told me she knows she has post traumatic stress, but she refuses to go on medication, and doesn't trust counsellors.
So what can I do to make my mother more calm and relaxed given this situation?


She would benefit immensely from professional help to deal with PTSD. I have it and did not realise it at first. Now I am receiving counselling and I honestly don't think I could cope without it. It is helping me to deal with my emotions day to day and talk about what happened which is very hard and painful.

You can also gain from talking to people who deal in trauma and they will help you to understand what to do and how to cope.  (+ info)

What activities would be recommended for a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury?

My father suffered a traumatic brain injury in May. He is finally going to be released from the hospital next week. As a result of the accident he is severely anxious and cannot concentrate long enough to do anything. Can anyone recommend any activities that he would be able to participate in? I noticed that when I took him to dinner in a busy restaurant he became very anxious. I also noticed that when I took him to dinner in a quiet restaurant he was okay.

Most TBI survivors who are just beginning recovery have a very difficult time with overstimulation. It can last months or years (perhaps depends upon area/s damaged and to what extent?). The overstimulation can be caused by tv, music, hearing others talk, etc. It feels overwhelming, you can't focus no matter how hard you try- very frustrating. Take that fact into account for the future.

1. Look at him patiently as he speaks to you. Don't interrupt or change the subject quickly.

2. Turn off the tv or radio.

3. Sit in a more quiet area when you are out.

4. Don't urge him to answer Q's, or to explain what he means. (The brain takes a very long time to heal. Be patient :) He will get to it- but you may want to gently remind him of subject when he forgets in frustration.

5. Look into a local brain injury program. They are all through the states, and non-profit. They hold support groups, which can be helpful. They also have many employees happy to help in whatever way they can. They can assist your father find work, a place to live, apply for medical assistance and Social Security. Seeing others who have adjusted well and seem so much farther can be encouraging.

6. There are a couple of great websites for you to check out. The first is a terrific source of info. Very informative, and touches on many issues. The second is a place where survivors and survivors' family meet and chat. People there are fabulously supportive to everyone! (And that's pretty darn rare, imo.)

Please do check them out, to get ideas on how to move on from here. I wish you and your father the very best!   (+ info)

Can someone explain a brain hemorrhage to me please?

when i was 8 in 2002 my mum had a brain hemorrhage and i didn't really understand it. and i still don't, can someone explain please?

Intracerebral hemorrhage is focal bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain parenchyma. The cause is usually hypertension. Blood from an intracerebral hemorrhage accumulates as a mass that can dissect through and compress adjacent brain tissues, causing neuronal dysfunction. Large hematomas increase intracranial pressure. Cerebellar hematomas that are > 3 cm in diameter may cause midline shift or herniation. Herniation, midbrain or pontine hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage, acute hydrocephalus, or dissection into the brain stem can impair consciousness and cause coma and death.

If you have more question, u can post them in:
http://med50.blogspot.com/2010/04/patient-education-program.html  (+ info)

My dad has a vitreous hemorrhage. What to do so he can regain his vision?

A vitreous hemorrhage is when a blood vessel ruptures in the retina. His vision has depleted tremendously and he can't judge where things are on top of that. If anyone can help, it would be very appreciated.

Is he also diabetic? Is it in one eye?
I am not an expert by any means but from I have come across regarding retinal conditions i have learned that the eye can clear up at least some of the blood floating in the vitreous but that takes at least a month. Again, I might be totally wrong.
What I am sure of is that if the vitreous does not clear up on its own or that vision is still very poor out of that eye after a few months, then a vitrectomy is an option.
Vitrectomies can lead to more eye problems but will usually restore vision.  (+ info)

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