Combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with longer-term emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms, including headache. Surprisingly, according to the Archives of General Psychiatry, concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, experienced by soldiers does not appear to have the same long-lasting negative effects.
Previous studies have shown that soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan have nearly double the rates of migraine compared to the general population, as well as higher incidences of PTSD, depression and anxiety. Continue Reading
The Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide site is very unconventional in that it is an online book focused specifically on TBI by Dr. Glen Johnson, a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of the Neuro-Recovery Head Injury Program in Traverse City, MI. Even the though the site, literally reads like a book and has links to chapters, the information is given very concisely in laymen’s terms and information easily resonates with sufferers as they read.
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) serves active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs. Site is a collaboration of the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs health care system and funded through the Department of Defense.
- Under the Service Members and Veterans tab: Resources for Living with TBI, Care Coordination and Recovery and Rehabilitation
- Under the Families and Friends tab: Referrals, Family Care Giver Curriculum, and list DoD and VA Health Insurers
- Under the Research tab: DVBI conducts, collaborates and advances research, both single and multi-center studies with other governmental and civilian organizations. DVBIC is engaged in cooperative research, education, and prevention programs with affiliated universities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and industry parties.
- Under the Providers tab: Interactive map to DVBIC locations, Telehealth resources and Strategies for Symptom Management
Military.com was formed to help Americans in the military stay informed and connected and now has become the largest military and veteran membership organization – 10 million members. The site connects service members, military families and veterans to all of the benefits of service – government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors etc. It provides headline news and technology updates and user-generated videos. More specifically, Military.com has a TBI overview section that focuses on resources for soldiers suffering from head trauma:
Brain Injury Resource Center is the place to find links to information on brain injury. While it was designed primarily for traumatic brain injury it contains information relevant to many types of brain injuries. The site is designed to empower you to indentify services and resources specific to your particular needs and objectives and help you formulate, evaluate and implement, goal-directed action plans.
The site was created by a group of professionals and advocates who have joined forces to provide educational resources and case management assistance to individuals with TBI, their loved ones and professionals serving them.
- Brain injury introduction, which promotes patient education and specifies all different types of injuries, their symptoms, commonly used medical terms, and a check list of common impairments due to brain injury.
- Brain injury costs and facts according to the National Institutes of Health.
- Links to brain injury organizations, support groups, chat groups, alliances etc.
The most valuable part of the site is that they will actually get you in contact with a “Case Manger” to interface with your family, doctor, employer, school, lawyer and other significant supports so that you can focus on healing. They will collect and analyze and disseminate information on the nature of TBI, its consequences and effects on the family. They provide for a fee:
- Individual and Family Consultations
- Legal Case Management
- Telephone Consultations
- Workshops for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injuries and families