New tbi screening tool

If you’re anything like me, you have some difficulties communicating with doctors (tho’ I’m sure a TBI isn’t required for that! 😉 and the consequences of not being able to communicate may be substantial. As in, misdiagnosis that can lead to years of pain and anxiety (been there!)… dismissal of issues that cause you serious issues, because you can’t convey your experience to the doc (been there too!)… and potentially either a long wait for the right kind of help, or no help at all — which means not waiting around for the doctor to figure things out well enough to be able to help.

I’m always on the look-out for tools that can help me communicate with the world around me, in particular, doctors and other professional caregivers or healthcare providers can understand.  I’m always looking for better ways to put my situation in words that they can relate to.

Now, it appears there’s a new tool — from an official agency — that may be of use to people like me/us.

Over at, you can download the HELPS Brain Injury Screening Tool from the Pennsylvania Department of Health

It is a fairly brief screening tool that asks the following questions:

H – Have you ever Hit your Head or been Hit on the Head?
E – Were you ever seen in the Emergency room, hospital, or by a doctor because of an injury to your head?
L – Did you ever Lose consciousness or experience a period of being dazed and confused because of an injury to your head?
P – Do you experience any of these Problems in your daily life since you hit your head?
S – Any significant Sicknesses (that pre-dated your complaints)

While I don’t answer YES to each question — I never went to the Emergency room or was seen by a doctor (at the time of injury) — I answer enough of a YES to the majority, to get onto someone’s radar — which is what has happened with me… thank heavens!

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

Talk about this - No email is required

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.