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How Support Groups Can Help Restore Normalcy After Brain Injury

How Does a Physician Test for TBI?You may not feel like you’re a “support group type of person”. The thought of going to a support group may feel intimidating, overwhelming, or simply unappealing. But, the truth is: if you’re struggling with a brain injury, a specialized support group & helpful community can help to restore normalcy, speed up the recovery process, and make you feel deeply supported by people who care.

  • Telling your story, and listening to others’ stories, will help you feel less alone. Perhaps it’s a cliché, but it’s also true. When we engage with people around us who are going through the same thing that we are, this can help us to feel less alone. Talking about similar, shared experiences can also help to normalize a surreal situation.
  • You’ll feel less insecure about your condition. Having a brain injury can make you feel inadequate, and insecure about the things that no longer come easy to you. By participating in a support group, you’ll inevitably start to feel certain insecurities melt away when you realize that others are going through the same thing, and experiencing the same negative thoughts.
  • You’ll relearn how to be part of the world. A brain injury can result in feelings of loneliness and isolation. Support groups can help you to remember that you are still a part of the world, just as much as you were before your injury.

Join the TryMunity Community – We’re Here for You!

Do you have further questions about brain injury support groups? At TryMunity, we provide a vast web of resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you and offer our assistance!

Maintaining an Active Lifestyle After Brain Injury

The Basics of TBIs and the NFLWhen it comes to recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), there is a fine balance between resting and being active. Too much activity certainly isn’t optimal — but, then again, neither is too much inactivity. Some studies have even shown that patients with traumatic brain injuries recover faster when they engage in some form of pre-approved, mild physical activity.

It’s true that, after a TBI, a person may not immediately feel like getting exercise. After a TBI, most patients will be physically incapable of performing even the simplest of physical tasks. This is, of course, very normal. But it’s also true that, after enough time has passed (and after discussing it with your doctor), exercise in this case can be wholly beneficial. Some amount of activity may help you speed along your recovery time.

In the first few weeks after your TBI, no matter how severe, it’s generally recommended to refrain from as much physical activity as possible, and to get a sufficient amount of rest. After this period of inactivity, you can start to engage in some light aerobics. Things like swimming, walking, or another type of light exercise are all great ways to stay active. (It’s important to check with your doctor, first.) Any kind of resistance training, strength training, or other types of strenuous activity are not recommended.

Join the TryMunity Community – We’re Here for You!

Do you have further questions about how to maintain an active lifestyle after a brain injury? At TryMunity, we provide a vast web of resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you and offer our assistance!

5 Signs of a Concussion

How to Find TBI Groups in Your CommunityA concussion is a traumatic brain injury, caused by a strike or blow to the head that causes the brain to suffer trauma. And, though every concussion varies in its severity, these types of head injuries should be treated immediately, regardless of how “serious” the problem may seem.

Scarily enough: many people afflicted with concussions don’t exhibit outward symptoms until days, or even weeks, after the traumatic event.

However, there are some concrete ways to determine if someone has a concussion. Here are the five signs of a concussion:

  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired speech
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss, or difficulty concentrating

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms after a traumatic event, it’s crucial to implore them to seek immediate medical attention. If gone untreated, concussions can lead to major mental health and brain-related issues. Even if you’re convinced that a concussion isn’t serious, it’s always a good idea to seek medical assistance, anyway. You can never be too careful when it comes to this type of traumatic brain injury.

Need assistance or support with your traumatic brain injury?

Are you or a loved one in need of support for your brain injury? Here at TryMunity, we’ve created a loving and knowledgeable space for people who’ve been afflicted by TBI’s, as well as their family members and friends. Contact us today to get involved in our community – our members are ready to swap stories with you, and provide the support and comfort you deserve.

To learn more about TryMunity, to join our community, or to find out how you can help us raise awareness for traumatic brain injuries: get in touch with us via our online contact form. We’re here to help answer your questions!

Education in Your Community: Getting Involved in the Brain Injury Discussion

How Does a Physician Test for TBI?Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a serious health problem in the population at large – each year, nearly 1.7 million people are estimated to be affected by brain injuries (whether traumatic or not). Unfortunately, there’s still a dearth of collective knowledge and even fewer conversations surrounding this issue. People simply don’t talk about it, and the media is even less inclined to focus on the true extent of brain injuries.

Taking Action Within Your Community

When such a large percentage of the population is affected with something so life-altering, it’s time to do something about it. It’s time to raise awareness and education within our communities – after all, chances are that you know and love someone who’s struggling with a TBI. Here are some of the best ways to spread TBI education in your personal community:

  • First, educate yourself. Educating yourself on the intricacies of traumatic brain injuries is an important first step. There are so many excellent TBI resources out there – here at TryMunity, we’ve included in-depth information on both traumatic and acquired brain injuries, as well as concussions.
  • Talk to people who’ve experienced a TBI. Understanding on a personal level just how much brain injuries can affect people by talking to someone who’s experienced a TBI will help provide invaluable insight into this health issue, and will likely give you a more nuanced, empathetic overall perspective of brain injuries.
  • Give back to those in need. Donate to TryMunity today – your support will go towards raising awareness of this issue and providing important support for families dealing with TBI.

Contact TryMunity

Here at TryMunity, we provide a web of online resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury or who know someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Patients’ False Fears About Traumatic Brain Injury

How to Find TBI Groups in Your CommunityThere are a lot of myths and false fears circulating about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). When people experience a TBI for themselves, the often don’t know what to expect, and they have some false fears about what living with a TBI will be like.

Here are some of the more common false fears patients have about TBIs and why they’re myths.

You Can’t Remember Simple Things So You Must Be Crazy

This just isn’t true. It’s not uncommon for TBI patients to have trouble remembering certain facts they otherwise would never forget, such as their address or home phone number. This does not mean that you’re crazy or out of your mind. Remember that memory is a brain function, not a mind function. If your brain is injured, then it will have trouble acting as it did before, just like any other arm or leg injury.

You Won’t Get Better

The truth is that recovering from a TBI can take months, even years. This is a slow process, and it will take time for you to feel like yourself again.

There are some things that you can do to help your brain relearn certain functions. You might try going to speech therapy or playing certain computer games. These can help you improve your speech and thinking functions, and they’ll help the brain make new pathways to perform those functions that were lost during the injury. Good exercise can also help you brain. If you have questions, speak with your physician to learn how you can help yourself improve.

You’re All Alone

Many patients don’t know anything about TBIs until they have one themselves. If they don’t know anyone else with such an injury, it can make them feel lonely or isolated, as if no one understands exactly what they’re going through.

This is a common fear, but you should know that there are many others out there just like you. You can find a whole world of support online and connect with TBI support groups in your area. You can also share information with your friends and family members to help them better understand what you’re going through.

Don’t let your false fears about TBIs control you. For more information, reach out to TryMunity at community.trymunity.com and be part of a welcoming community.

Top 4 Ways to Challenge Your TBI

Top 5 Ways to Challenge Your TBIWhen you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may feel overwhelmed with everything there is to do. Your recovery may be long and challenging with a lot of therapy involved. Even though you are completely exhausted, it is still important to test your limits. Pushing yourself can help you recover quickly from your TBI. Here are a few ways in which you can challenge your injury and take back control.

1. Use Memory Games

There are many games and apps you can download that can help you with word association and memory. Some favorite games include: Sudoku, Go Fish, Solitaire, and Tetris. There are also smartphone applications like Lumosity that provide great memory exercises. Check with your doctor for more recommendations.

2. TBI Recovery Software

There are specific applications that are created for TBI recovery that you may find helpful. These include Therappy, an app that specializes in different areas of cognition for patients recovering from TBI. Ask your therapist about discounts or ways to obtain this software to help your recovery.

3. Try New Things

While having a TBI can be isolating, it is important that you get out and try new things. If you haven’t been to a particular location since you were injured, get out there and face those fears. Doing things out of your comfort level can help you build confidence and continue improving.

4. Connect with Others

If you find yourself feeling alone in your struggle, it can be helpful to connect with others who are going through a similar situation. Meet people online through TryMunity that are also going through TBI challenges. Share what has worked and helped you through your journey.

If you would like more information on TBI and therapy options, join the TryMunity community today. You don’t have to go through this alone.

 

3 Myths About Concussions

There are many misconceptions and myths about concussions. These incorrect assumptions can lead to misdiagnosis or a misled understanding about the condition. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment of a concussion is key to recovery. Here the three common myths about concussions.

Myth 1: If You Fall Asleep, You Might Die

After trauma to the head occurs, it is crucial to assess the severity of the injury. You will want to check for double vision, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. Falling asleep can prevent you from fully being able to check for these conditions, so it is important that you stay alert until medical personnel have given you a thorough examination.

Myth 2: There Are Different Levels of Concussion

There used to be different grades of concussions, but that is all out the window. Now doctors consider any concussion a mild traumatic brain injury. People with a “minor” concussion still suffered from memory loss and headaches. There is nothing mild about having a traumatic brain injury!

Myth 3: Once You Feel Better, You Are Ok

Even if you feel better a few days later, it is important to rest. It takes about two weeks after your symptoms cease for your brain to completely recover. If you suffer any more brain trauma during this time, you can cause permanent brain damage. Even if your CAT scan is clear, you may have suffered harm at a cellular level that the scan cannot pick up. If you are still having symptoms, contact your doctor.

If you have suffered a concussion, you need to be seen by professional medical staff. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, you may be at risk for further brain injury. For support, join the TryMunity community today.

Top Sites for Brain Teasers and Puzzles

iStock_000014377944XSmallAdults and children can benefit from continually stimulating their brain with puzzles. Brain games are a fun way to improve different aspects of your cognitive function, such as memory and spatial skills. Here are several websites to join in on the fun:

Brain Bashers

At Brain Bashers, you can use numerous activities to help train your brain and improve function. The site has puzzles, brainteasers and riddles to keep you thinking. You can solve the daily puzzle for small doses of brain stimulation each day, or delve into difficult puzzles for hours on end. Turn it into a family affair for even more fun.

Fit Brains

From the makers of Rosetta Stone, Fit Brains is a website and app designed to get your brain in shape. Not only can you play games that are designed to improve memory and cognition, but you can chart your progress. You can see if you are improving in certain areas and challenge yourself to become better at improving your mental fitness.

Brain Den

Both children and adults can head over to the Brain Den for hours of fun solving puzzles. In addition to puzzles, there are optical illusions that will leave you pondering. Don’t forget to interact on the forum where users can post their own challenges. You might even create some puzzles of your own to share.

National Institute of Environment Health Sciences

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) maintains a webpage geared toward kids and it is filled with puzzles for them to solve. While they’re there, kids can learn about the brain and have a better understanding about the different parts and their functions. Just because the website was created for kids doesn’t mean adults can’t join in on the fun and learn something new!

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At TryMunity we offer a supportive team of people who have been through brain injuries. Learn more about the services we offer by contacting us.

Tips for Keeping Your Head While You Run

Bicycle Safety2If you enjoy running, this is a great exercise to help improve your health and your quality of life. However, being out on the open road and pounding the pavement for your well-being could potentially be dangerous. It’s ideal to know tips that can assist in keeping you safe and avoid any head injuries or body injuries while you’re out and about running.

Hold your Head Up

When you’re running, it’s important to hold your head up at all times. This will better allow you to see things in front of you and may assist in helping you from falling or running into an object.

Be sure only to run when you feel well, and you’re alert to help you prevent any injuries that could potentially be avoided. Additionally, if you’re taking any type of medication that causes drowsiness or makes you dizzy, you should put off running while on these drugs.

Wear a Helmet

The best way to protect your head when you’re running is to simply wear a helmet. You can find a wide variety of these at many specialty runner stores. You can even find one that is more compact and smaller in size, but will provide all the protection that your head needs easily.

It’s a great idea to have several helmets to wear with a variety of outfits or to be simply able to grab one at any time you want to hit the road running.

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At Trymunity, we know that being diagnosed with a serious brain injury is debilitating in many areas. We are proud to offer a community of supportive people who have overcome this condition. Simply visit our website to get the support you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Help a Loved One Cope with a Traumatic Brain Injury

Acquired Brain InjuryThe challenges of living with a traumatic brain injury are many. Not being able to think as clearly as you once did or feel as well as you have in the past can be discouraging. If you have a loved one that is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, you will want to do all you can to help this person. Knowing effective ways to help your loved one cope that is in this situation can be helpful.

Be Thoughtful

Be sure to check in to see how this person is doing on a regular basis.  If you can pay this person a visit in person, that is ideal. This way you will be able to get a firsthand view of the status of your loved who is suffering from this injury.

If visiting is not possible, be sure to call often and talk to your loved one. The sound of this individual’s voice may give you a strong indication of how well this person is coping.

Be Helpful

If possible, do small things for the person who is suffering from the brain injury frequently. This could be something as small as cooking a meal or cleaning the house for your loved one.

Taking the time to do little chores can be of a great assistance to the people you love who are dealing with a serious injury such as this.

Let us Help!

At Trymunity, we want to help you find the support you or your loved one needs when it comes to dealing with a serious brain injury. We provide a community of people who have dealt with this precise issue and are standing by to assist you. Simply visit our website to learn more.