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Brain Injury Symptoms

Brain injury has become known as the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because of the prevalence of the injury. As of 2011, more than 212,000 service members sustained a TBI.

Although they can overlap, symptoms from a TBI are usually divided up into two basic categories: physical and emotional. The most common physical symptoms range from headaches and trouble sleeping to loss of balance and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Behavioral and emotional symptoms can range from depression and apathy to verbal outbursts and disinhibition.

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture
March 2, 2015
Several hundred thousand service members have sustained TBI since 9/11. For most of these vets, the long-term challenge is dealing with profound changes in social skills and the ongoing demands of daily life.

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Beyond Chanting “OM”: The Power Behind Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training for Soldiers

Beyond Chanting “OM”: The Power Behind Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training for Soldiers
August 28, 2014
Why do cavemen have the upperhand to humans today when it comes to calming down after a stressful situation?

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More Brain Injury Symptoms

Infographic: The Co-Occurring Symptoms of PTSD & TBI

Infographic: The Co-Occurring Symptoms of PTSD & TBI
July 14, 2014
Use this infographic to learn the symptoms that can help you discriminate between TBI and PTSD for patients who have only one or the other.

Stress, Not Craziness

Stress, Not Craziness
July 14, 2014
"One of the most important things that I tell the soldiers is they're not crazy. They're having a normal reaction to an abnormal situation…"

In Their Boots: "When He Came Home, Chapter 1"

In Their Boots: "When He Came Home, Chapter 1"
July 1, 2014
A moving documentary episode in which one family struggles in the wake of combat-related TBI and PTSD.

In Their Boots: "When He Came Home, Chapter 2"

In Their Boots: "When He Came Home, Chapter 2"
July 1, 2014
A marriage is put in crisis when a Marine returns home from Iraq with TBI and PTSD.

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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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