Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a wide variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury. The impact of even a mild brain injury or concussion can have devastating effects on people and their families. Here at Taylor Counseling Group we can help with the recovery process, moving from a time of confusion and distress to a time of coping and problem-solving. Through education, counseling, and compensatory strategies, you can improve functioning in your daily life despite a brain injury.
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What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A TBI occurs when someone is jolted or sustains a jolt or impact to the head. This type of injury can happen if someone is hit in the head during a sporting event, a car accident, a fall or any other incident. It can also occur if the head is shaken violently.
The soft brain tissue moves and can impact the skull. When this happens, the tissue of the brain can sustain bleeding, bruising and other damage. In some cases, the brain can impact one part of the skull and then rebound and hit another part of the skull, causing damage to multiple parts of the brain. The brain can also swell, causing further pressure and resulting in even more damage.
Symptoms of a Concussion or TBI
Every TBI and concussion is different and symptoms can range from very mild to fatal. One of the challenges with a TBI is that some patients do not experience any symptoms at first, even if they have sustained a fatal head injury. For this reason, if you have hit your head, it’s important to get medical help immediately.
Symptoms of a head injury can include:
- Sleep disorders and fatigue
- Loss of memory, either short-term or long-term
- Loss of consciousness and coma
- Problems with vision, including blurry vision
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating as well as disorientation
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How Can Therapy Help TBI Patients?
A mild concussion may only require rest and medication. The main goal may be to prevent a secondary head injury. However, someone who has suffered a severe injury may need to spend considerable time in the hospital to be treated and monitored. They may also need surgery to repair fractures to the skull or relieve pressure to the brain.
A TBI can be a traumatic event. A patient who experiences depression, mood swings and other mental health symptoms may benefit from TBI counseling to discuss ways to handle these changes.
Memory loss and permanent impairments caused by a traumatic brain injury may require counseling to help a patient adjust to a new reality. Some TBI patients must learn how to walk, eat and speak again. A professional therapist can help a patient work through some of the emotional and interpersonal challenges as a result of a TBI.
After a brain injury, a therapist can be a source of support and understanding. Therapy can also help a TBI patient rekindle relationships that may have been disrupted by the medical needs of a serious injury. Counseling for couples and families can help the patient and their loved ones reconnect in a safe, supportive environment.
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Contact Taylor Counseling Group for TBI Support
Taylor Counseling Group is here if you or a loved one has sustained a head injury and needs personalized therapy. Schedule an appointment online today at one of our many locations across Central Texas. We have counseling offices in Austin, Dallas, Waxahachie, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.