You can't see a brain injury
It can happen to anyone.
Your age doesn't matter
It doesn't know gender.
It ignores race and religion.
It disregards social status.
It doesn't discriminate.
It can happen anywhere
It can happen anytime
Brain Injury is more pervasive than we might realize
• Over 69 million individuals are affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year worldwide. TBI is the single most cause of death and disability in the world.
• 5.3 Million in the United States are annually impacted with a TBI, nontraumatic brain injuries are not included in this number.
• The numbers for the many other types of brain injury are unreported, uncalculated or unavailable on a local or larger scale.
• There are at least 16 different types of brain injury currently classified to consider, not just TBI.
• No two brain injuries are alike. Severity, individual constitution, and support affect the outcome significantly.
• Individuals affected can take 10-20 years to recover, some may never recover, or recover partially.
• Secondary impacts are more likely for those who have sustained a brain injury.
• Many may be unaware of mild cases of brain injury, and 10-20 years later the effects of an incidence may show up.
• Brain injury doesn't just affect one individual, it affects a family, those who care, and their local community.
• It displaces one or more family contributors from the workforce and adds considerable stress to a family unit.
• The cost of recovery can reach four billion in a lifetime for TBI. Approximately 76 billion is spent annually in the hospital care and recovery of TBI. It affects communities.
• Over 40 billion unpaid caregivers in the United States annually care for individuals with a disability, such as a brain injury. 75% are female.
• Dementia can be the result of a brain injury and often diagnosed in seniors who may have fallen or had a brain injury in the past. Misdiagnosis impeeds proper care.
• Mental illness can be the result of a brain injury, where behavior is symptomatic and mimics mental illness. Misdiagnosis is problematic for proper treatment.
• Multiple methods are used to diagnose the severity of brain injury. The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores, length of posttraumatic amnesia (PTA), and presence or absence of loss of consciousness (LOC) at the time of injury are currently the standard, though can represent ambiguous results that are inconsistent in differentiating the severity, prognosis, and residual effects.
• Populations of the homeless, incarceration and domestic violence are often underrepresented in the estimated accounts of brain injury and represent a substantial likelihood for considerable sustained injury. These three areas represent over six million annually.
• We consider the idea of risk as important to realizing potential, yet falls, accidents, impacts, and vehicular collisions represent the primary related causes for brain injury, along with violent impact. Repeated performance and impact add to the likely increase and outcome for sustaining a brain injury.
• The scope of severity for brain injury is quite large and more impactful than any might initially have understood. It depicts a larger scope of consideration for the incidence of damage to the brain and the various costs involved with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of rehabilitation and recovery.
• The under-reporting, misinformation, misdiagnosis, and misunderstanding of what a brain injury represents a thriving world is small until we understand the largeness of the scope that it impacts. It is silent until we gather the data and present the facts. It can remain a silent threat to life until we become aware and make changes that are better directed to inform, educate, and provide change therapeutically and preventatively.
When we can open the door with awareness and help all to realize the propensity, we might take away the unknown and the stigma attached. It will be less scary to understand brain injury and can encourage brain health focus.
Remove the Stigma
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Change What is Possible
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Change Brain Injury with Awareness
We're Creating Resources
• Focus and direct proper health care tools that makes sense
• Better Brain scans - therapeutic - alternative - internal
• Providing prevention tips - create prevention programs
• Focus on the degrees of severity - how, why, what, where
• Developing Innovative Research and Studies
• Redefining our definitions and diagnosis with more accuracy
These are just some of the ways we are making small change count in big ways.
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