Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
includes things like stroke and anoxic (being without oxygen) brain injury. Some consider traumatic brain injury to be an acquired brain injury, because it “is damage to the brain that was not present at birth and is non-progressive” (See The ABI Manual for more). Personally, I wouldn’t call it “non-progressive”, but everyone’s experience is different.
- Acquired Brain Injury – A Web portal for and by brain injury survivors provided by Covidien (a healthcare provider). See their: ABI Manual and Video Library and explore their 3D Brain
- Read what Wikipedia says about ABI
happens either when a clot blocks blood flow in the brain (called “Ischemic” stroke) or a blood vessel pops and there’s a brain bleed (called “Hemorrhagic” stroke)
- National Stroke Association – See their Recovery Resources for Survivors and Recovery Resources for Caregivers
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
is related to trauma to the brain that comes from a fall, an attack, a sports injury, or an accident.
- Brainline’s TBI Info Page – a wealth of great information to educate folks about TBI
is what people often call a “mild” TBI. Concussions are sometimes considered less serious than traumatic brain injuries, and a lot of people consider a TBI that clears up after a while, to be a Concussion.
- What Is A Concussion? Very informative article at The Concussion Blog
- The CDC has a great brochure called “Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury”. Download it by clicking here.