How can I locate brain injury supports and resources in my state?
Referencing the BIAA (Brain Injury Association of America):
- Know your needs, and create a list of said needs in order of priority. When contacting an agency, refer to this list in order to keep the call focused on getting the information you need.
- Use your local Brain Injury Association as a resource. They will have information about brain injury resources in your state, as well as available support groups.
- Seek information from local injury rehabilitation providers and programs. If they do not provide a service that will help you, they will likely have information about other professionals/clinicians in the community that understand brain injury.
- Search CARF Providers in your area. CARF is an organization that accredits a range of rehabilitation programs. Visit their website, select your state and the Program Focus Area of Brain Injury Specialty Program to identify accredited programs.
- Check the registry of local professional organizations and associations, such as the National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology, or the American Academy of Neurology.
- Contact the National Brain Injury Information Center (NBIIC) at 1-800-444-6443.
How do I contact the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency in my state?
- Every state has a vocational rehabilitation agency that is designed to help individuals with disabilities meet their employment goals. Vocational rehabilitation agencies assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain, or regain employment.
- See the list on the BIAA website which lists contact information for the VR agencies throughout the United States. The website for those of us in Ohio is http://ood.ohio.gov/ The phone number is: 614-438-1200
How long will it take me to recover from a concussion?
- A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and is also referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury.
- The term “mild” refers to the severity of the trauma, not the consequences.
- It’s common for MRI or CT scans to come back as “normal”. This does not mean there is no injury.
- Symptoms are not always present right after the injury. They can become apparent hours or even days after the injury.
- The recovery period for each person is different, and it’s important to create the best possible environment to heal.
- People who try to “tough it out” only prolong recovery times.
- The recovery process is uneven. You can have a day where you feel almost 100% better, then have a day where you feel like you did right after the injury.
Common Symptoms that can occur include:
- Headache, nausea/vomiting, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or noise, dizziness, irritability, depression, anxiety, attention problems, trouble remembering, word finding problems, trouble focusing, drowsiness, excessive sleep, insomnia, and waking up tired.
Some things become more important during recovery:
- Get enough sleep, keep yourself hydrated, eat healthy, take breaks, do not drink alcohol while recovering from a brain injury and if you exercise, do so lightly.
For more information about concussion, visit www.biausa.org/concussion.
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