Monthly Archives: March 2009

Oh, look – there’s hope after all…

Great info over at The Rogue Tomato about The Bravewell Collaborative and their recent Summit on Integrative Medicine. I’m just now finding this, myself, so I don’t have a lot to say about it. But it looks quite promising — … Continue reading

Posted in doctor, medical student, physician | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

A Perilous Relief – When Survival Backfires

The only problem with being able to survive terribly traumatic things is that our bodies have a way of hanging onto the stress of the situation, long past the event. Healthy processing of traumatic stress is a two-part process. Yes, … Continue reading

Posted in analgesic stress, brain, Brain Injury, central nervous system, exhaustion, fatigue, head injury, Head Trauma, life, mental health, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mtbi, Neuropsychological Effects of TBI, parasympathetic nervous system, Personal Experiences with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, Social Issues, sympathetic nervous system, tbi, tbi education, TBI Rehab, TBI Symptoms, thoughts, trauma, traumatic brain injury, wounded warriors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Defending Natasha Richardson… and everyone else

Like many TBI survivors and their loved ones, I’ve been thinking a lot about Natasha Richardson’s tragic end. She was one of my favorite actors, and the world was a better place for her being in it. Thinking about how … Continue reading

Posted in brain, Brain Injury, head injury, Head Trauma, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mtbi, Personal Experiences with TBI, tbi, tbi education, trauma, traumatic brain injury | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

PTSD/TBI Factor #1 – Proximity to a traumatic event

This is a continuation of the discussion about PTSD from TBI – Exploring some possibilities. (Updated June 10, 2012) When it comes to who develops post-traumatic stress disorder and who manages to recover from the trauma without post-event effects, how … Continue reading

Posted in agitation, anxiety, brain, Brain Injury, car accident, concussion, coping strategies, danger, fatigue, flashbacks, head injury, Head Trauma, headache, life, mental health, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mtbi, Neuropsychological Effects of TBI, Personal Experiences with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, risk, risk-taking, stress, tbi, tbi education, TBI Rehab, TBI Symptoms, trauma, traumatic brain injury, veterans, wounded warriors, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Thinking about PTSD and Tetris…

I’ve been giving some thought to the whole “Tetris fixes PTSD flashbacks” concept, over the past few weeks. Some people agree, others don’t. Here’s an interesting discussion over at Vetvoice.com about it. I have to admit, I have found some … Continue reading

Posted in agitation, brain, brain games, coping strategies, flashbacks, mental health, Personal Experiences with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, thoughts, trauma, veterans, wounded warriors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PTSD from TBI – Exploring some possibilities

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how PTSD and TBI interrelate with one another. With so many soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with serious issues related to TBI and PTSD… and considering how ill-informed and ill-equipped … Continue reading

Posted in brain, Brain Injury, head injury, Head Trauma, mental health, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mtbi, Neuropsychological Effects of TBI, Personal Experiences with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, tbi, tbi education, TBI Symptoms, therapy, thoughts, trauma, traumatic brain injury, veterans, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

What keeps me going

Ever since I read about how the ‘Thirst For Knowledge’ may be a kind of opioid craving, my thinking about how my mind manages my physical pain has really changed. Actually, it jumped ahead in a big way, when I … Continue reading

Posted in agitation, analgesic stress, anxiety, attentional challenges, blogging, books, brain, Brain Injury, chronic pain, coping strategies, danger, danger-seeking, depression, education, fibro, fibromyalgia, FMS, head injury, Head Trauma, headache, irritability, life, memory, mental health, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mtbi, Neuropsychological Effects of TBI, pain, Personal Experiences with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, risk, risk-taking, stress, stress-induced analgesia, tbi, tbi education, TBI Rehab, TBI Symptoms, thoughts, trauma, traumatic brain injury, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

More evidence of analgesic stress in my life

A quick note before I head off for my day… One of the big, unmentioned pieces of the past few weeks has been the pain I’ve been in. My body has been really aching a lot — and I did … Continue reading

Posted in agitation, analgesic stress, anxiety, brain, Brain Injury, chronic pain, coping strategies, danger, danger-seeking, exhaustion, fatigue, fibro, fibromyalgia, FMS, head injury, Head Trauma, life, mental health, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mtbi, Neuropsychological Effects of TBI, pain, post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, risk, risk-taking, sleep deprivation, tbi, tbi education, TBI Symptoms, thoughts, trauma, traumatic brain injury, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When in doubt… sleep

Last night I officially wore too thin. It was not a good night. After what felt like an impossibly long day, I just fell apart and broke down around the time I should have been going to bed. I got … Continue reading

Posted in agitation, analgesic stress, anger, anger management, anxiety, blogging, brain, Brain Injury, coping strategies, danger, depression, Emotional Fallout, Employment, exhaustion, fatigue, guided imagery, head injury, Head Trauma, insomnia, irritability, life, mental health, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mood disorder, mtbi, Neuropsychological Effects of TBI, Personal Experiences with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, Social Issues, stress, stress-induced analgesia, tbi, tbi education, TBI Rehab, TBI Symptoms, thoughts, trauma, traumatic brain injury, Work issues, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

On being beyond help…

I guess I’m feeling sorry for myself today. It started this a.m., when I had a pretty intense discussion with my new shrink about what I was going to do with the information that came from my new neuro. After … Continue reading

Posted in brain, Brain Injury, coping strategies, doctor visit, education, head injury, Head Trauma, Iraq, life, medical testing, mental health, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, mtbi, Personal Experiences with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, psychotherapy, PTSD, tbi, tbi education, TBI Rehab, TBI Symptoms, therapy, thoughts, trauma, traumatic brain injury, veterans, wounded warriors, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments