Lord Horatio Nelson was England’s most celebrated soldier, the Admiral who defeated Napoleon’s navy at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. He was a brilliant, brave and admired naval strategist and warrior. Sadly, Nelson fell from a shot fired from the enemy ship Redoutable, and his amazing and heroic career came to an end. Despite his resounding victories, was his judgment impaired as a result of a severe concussion he had suffered in battle? Read the rest of the article published at Psychology Today.
It was recently announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sidelined from Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Race. I blogged previously on NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s concussion resulting from back-to-back crashes in Michigan and Daytona and how it has further advanced public awareness of the silent epidemic of brain trauma. I gave kudos to Dale for talking publicly about the effects of his own brain injuries and applaud his continued openness about the symptoms he is experiencing. Due to the continued effects of his head [...]
When it comes to people injured in car accidents who do not show obvious signs of their injuries, it is difficult for others around them to understand what you are experiencing. Friends and family cannot see what is broken inside your head, even on an MRI or CT scan. Read the rest of the article published at Psychology Today.
The public, and even many professionals, are confused by the different terms used to describe a brain injury. Close head injury, traumatic brain injury, concussion, post-concussive syndrome are often used interchangeably. I remember reading somewhere about a study done in a hospital that patients who were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury were treated very differently from those diagnosed with a concussion. The bottom line is that when the brain is injured it requires proper evaluation and treatment by specialists. The days of discounting someone’s [...]
Unexpected congestion, a symphony of brake lights, the flashing sirens of police and EMS vehicles. Accidents we encounter during rush hour may mean a frustrating start to our day as we slow for the broken glass and mangled metal along the roadway. But for the people behind the wheel of the crumpled car, anxiously awaiting medical assistance, it can mean weeks, months or years of emotional and physical pain ahead. The most common cause of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not exposure to war or [...]