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Diagnosing & Treating Brain Injury

As of 2011, more than 212,000 service members sustained a TBI, many from blast injuries — the primary cause of TBI in combat. And symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and TBI often overlap, making diagnosis and treatment more challenging.

Brain injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan have triggered the most advanced medical trauma response in history. Because of this highly advanced care, survival rates are higher than in any previous wars.

Once diagnosed, TBI is treated by a complex plan of medical rehabilitation, which can include a combination of rest, physical and occupational therapy, psychotherapy, and medication.

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Baseline Testing in the Military

Baseline Testing in the Military
February 5, 2014
Dr. Jack Tsao talks about the debate around computerized baseline testing: is it useful, is it comprehensive, and when is the appropriate time for retesting.

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in the Military

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in the Military
February 5, 2014
Dr. Jack Tsao talks about research on military-related CTE and what questions are being asked — from who is most susceptible to can it develop from blast injuries rather than direct hits to the head.

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TBI and PTSD: Getting the Help You Need, Now

TBI and PTSD: Getting the Help You Need, Now
February 3, 2014
TBI? PTSD? Both? No matter your diagnosis, Adam says that taking the first steps to get help is what will matter most for a successful recovery.

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More Diagnosing & Treating Brain Injury

Every Journey Starts with That First Step, Especially with TBI and/or PTSD

Every Journey Starts with That First Step, Especially with TBI and/or PTSD
December 9, 2013
Adam says that like drill and ceremony and calling cadence, which start with a first step, so does recovery from a brain injury and/or PTSD.

How Can Drug and Alcohol Use After TBI Impact Sexuality and Intimacy?

How Can Drug and Alcohol Use After TBI Impact Sexuality and Intimacy?
December 4, 2013
Glenn Parkinson, MSW talks about how alcohol and drug use after a TBI can significantly impact a person's sexual function, his or her feelings about sex and intimacy, and the ability to connect and build a relationship.

What Is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy?

What Is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy?
December 4, 2013
Lt. Col Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD talks about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, which has been established by extensive scientific and clinical research as an effective treatment for PTSD.

How Can Primary Care Providers Treat Patients with TBI?

How Can Primary Care Providers Treat Patients with TBI?
December 4, 2013
Dr. Heechin Chae recommends that primary care physicians realize they can't take care of TBI, PTSD, and other co-morbid problems in a military patient during one appointment.

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Adam at Ease

A video blog by Veteran Adam Anicich

BrainLine Military Blogger Adam Anicich Says Thank You and Goodbye for Now

BrainLine Military Blogger Adam Anicich Says Thank You and Goodbye for Now
Adam thanks you — his blog viewers and supporters — and encourages you to continue the discussion and awareness raising about TBI and PTSD; the battle does not stop here.

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury
If extra time on a test or memory aids can make life easier during college, why not use them? Adam talks about moving past the "stigma" of using disability services and getting the help you need to succeed in college.

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