Help create the largest community to help forward the needs of those who have been impacted by Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury. It’s very frustrating to not have a National TBI Hotline and support 24/7. Not everyone has the ability or the resources to be at a brain injury rehabilitation facility others may have not been diagnosed properly and there is a growing population that has found little to no assistance.

Insurance is going to play a major role in treatment decisions for many they will not be able to access a rehabilitation center sometimes they do have charity available if you below sometimes 250% of the poverty line. It’s difficult to think that TBI and Concussion injuries would be a out of network experience for most and hospital beds approximately $1500 a day for care. There is a need after searching for almost 5 years to find a Trumatic brain injury HOTLINE , non existed. There is a need for telemedicine and also access to skilled professionals. Groups are very hard to come by and meet sometimes just once a month and depending upon where you live this may not even be feasible. Some of these Groups meet in the evening and require transportation and sometimes due to the injury that caused the Trumatic brain injury or concussion traveling is difficult at night there must be an alternative and something that is cost-effective and also back by private industry and or Federal and State government. I have seen firsthand what the brain injury Association of America and each individual state does. It appears that they are critical in the process of what may be known as a Trumatic brain injury waiver for long-term care. Insurance providers are very reluctant to label somebody with REM. EMTALA, how can this be applied to make sure that patients don’t get dumped when they go to an ER and they have a concussion or brain injury. The long-term cost can be devastating they are devastating it impacts families as well as the injured caregivers.

It’s time for a brain injury HOTLINE and community that can interact and support one another in a meaningful and purposeful way that is private and confidential. It’s also important to notice that to further the research of finding ways to treat Trumatic brain injury that we all participate in the process. It’s important that the people that are assisting those in need have accountability. Patients with concussions and with dramatic brain injuries sometimes are impacted by predators and abusers so extra safeguards need to be in place to rent sure that the people that participate in this community except that they will have to be vetted just as someone who signs up for a social media platform.

It’s more important than ever to save guard privacy. It often feels that in this day and age that is something that is nonexistent. Groups are encouraged for long term support. Participation is not mandatory in any group. Community participation and helping others is our philosophy as well as long-term relationships with members.It’s completely understandable if somebody is just unable or it’s just not something that fits for them to just speak out individual assistance from the HOTLINE or from a select group of psychiatric clinicians and doctors that specialize in TBI.

Bringing many of the services together into one central location will be the first step in getting people who were previously not accessing anyone for assistance are you starting point. The first step is making a call and if you choose to use the service in the future become a member. Depending upon your background check you can participate in group sessions. We require a background check for our group sessions participants because We don’t want anybody to be victimized.

Those who cannot afford to pay for a background check can ask for a waiver.

Participation in groups is not mandatory nor is telemedicine. It’s an option available to anybody suffering from a Trumatic brain injury or concussion. We also encourage posting online questions and hopefully peers will respond. From time to time A moderator may be a physician or a psychiatric clinician remember the moderator is for that group all of their information and bio will be available so you can decide whether or not if you want to participate with that particular individual for that group session. Group sessions are limited so signing up ahead of time is important. Missing a group will not cancel your account however multiple Cancellations must be done 24 hours in advance so others can sign up for that group. If you can’t do that it’s not going to disable your account nor will it have a negative impact on you but we are a community can we just ask that you try your hardest if you do have a cancellation. Individual physicians and clinicians including nurse practitioners and LCSW may opt to charge a cancellation fee. They are not employees. Those who participate in a professional manner will be evaluated after each session with the questionnaire that will be made available online to the community. Any agreement between a professional services it is between you and the practitioner . This includes insurance and other form of payment as well as licensure. The community and the process of vetting each one of the clinicians will be available for review.

The rating system is not perfect because there are many factors that go into how people perceive experience. Extremely serious would be any allegation that one of the providers or clinicians was not being professional and that type of review will be investigated on a case by case. It would be great to see the community grow as it does an independent evaluation team to assess any issues with any particular service issues. How you perceive your experience with working with one of the Peer or HOTLINE support specialist is also subject to review by the Member of the community.

Learn About Brain Injury

Brain injury may be caused by trauma to the head or by a non-traumatic cause such as a tumor, aneurysm, anoxia or infection.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury

The severity of such an injury may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. A TBI can result in short or long-term problems with independent function.

A TBI can be caused by a blow or sudden, acceleraration or deceleration to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the impacts the ability of the brain to function. Sometimes a jolt to the head may not result in a TBI.

There are many different ways to test for Trumatic brain injury including ocular Brain Injury rehabilitation specialist. It is possible for Physicians to measure Sequelae. NIH provides some useful insight.

The leading causes of traumatic brain injury

The Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury are:

  • Falls (28%)
  • Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (20%)
  • Struck by/against (19%)
  • Assaults (11%)

Blasts are a leading cause of TBI for active duty military personnel in war zones.

Learn More About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

What are the long-term consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 3.17 million Americans have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI.

TBI can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior and/or sensation. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.

What is a Non-Traumatic Brain Injury?

When most people think of brain injuries, they usually associate them with some sort of physical impact such as a car accident or an injury sustained in military combat. But there is another class of brain injuries known as non-traumatic brain Injury.

A non-traumatic brain Injury can be the result of an illness, oxygen deprivation, metabolic disorders, aneurysms, cardiac arrest, near-drowning experience, etc. In short, it includes injuries to the brain that are not caused by an external physical force to the head. Other nonviolent circumstances like tumors and lead poisoning can also injure the brain.

Even though the effects of a non-traumatic brain Injury are comparable to those affiliated with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), there are some dramatic differences. Previously mentioned and most important, they do not feature any outer blow to the head. Non-traumatic brain injury also has a direct impact on cells throughout the brain. Because it attacks the cellular structure, a non-traumatic brain Injury has the ability to spread to all areas of the brain as opposed to TBI, which only affects concentrated areas.

The most common instances of non-traumatic brain injury include:

  • Anoxic injury: The brain receives inadequate levels of oxygen, usually following cardiac arrest when there is minimal to no blood reaching the brain.
  • Toxic or metabolic injury: This occurs after coming into contact with unsafe substances (e.g., lead) or the detrimental accumulation of chemicals manufactured within the body (e.g., kidney failure).
  • Encephalitis: This is caused by an infection of the brain.
  • Virus: This is the most common cause of non-traumatic brain injury.
  • Brain tumors and methods used to treat them: Chemotherapy and radiation can lead to diffuse brain injury.
  • Meningitis
  • Stroke
  • Drug abuse
  • Hydrocephalus