Nevada residents who are involved in car accidents can suffer several different types of injuries. Broken bones, dislocations, whiplash injuries, psychological trauma and soft tissue injuries are all common. Traumatic brain injuries can also occur, which may lead to long-term effects. Rehabilitation can in many cases mitigate the long-term ramifications of traumatic brain injury. A rehabilitation program might include physical therapy, occupational therapy, inpatient care or other medical intervention.
A mild traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as a concussion, can increase one's chances of developing mental health issues. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California in San Diego, the results of which were published in JAMA Psychiatry. Nevada residents should know that the chance for developing post-traumatic stress disorder and a major depressive disorder is especially high.
According to federal data, over 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries across the United States each year. To help spread awareness about the issue in Nevada and elsewhere, the Brain Injury Association of America has designated March as National Brain Injury Awareness Month.
One type of traumatic brain injury people in Nevada should be aware of is a diffuse axonal injury. This type of injury occurs when the brain quickly shifts inside of the skull as the injury is incurred. The axons, which are the linking fibers in the brain, are cropped as the brain quickly accelerates and decelerates against the hard skull.
A new study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry says that victims of mild traumatic brain injuries in Nevada and other states are at a higher risk for developing a mental disorder. Specifically, victims are at a greater risk for PTSD and depression than victims with non-brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can occur when the head is given a jolt, blow, or bump or when the skull is penetrated. The study involved more than a thousand patients over two years.
Researchers at the have found that a variant of the APOE gene may be the trigger behind worse psychiatric symptoms in the victims of a traumatic brain injury. Nevada residents should know that TBIs increase the risk for psychiatric disorders like PTSD, depression and anxiety. An earlier study of over 13,000 veterans found that 80 percent of TBI victims had a psychiatric disorder.
Anyone in Nevada with a brain injury is likely to benefit from early treatment. One way to increase the odds of providing the right treatment as quickly as possible is to develop a better understanding of the nature of brain injuries. This is why researchers have been looking at enlargement of the left atrium, referred to as left atrial diameter, or LAD. The atrium is part of the ventricular system in the brain. What researchers found was a link to vascular brain injuries.
Brain injuries are a common cause of permanent disability and death in Nevada. After a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, a person may experience changes in their personality and ability to control their emotions. A TBI sufferer may also seem emotionless or after the injury, which is known as a "flat affect."
Traumatic brain injuries are a frequent form of head injury and can affect everyone from players of contact sports to the victims of car and truck crashes. Nevada residents should know that TBIs often end in death and that the factors linked to these deaths were previously unknown. In September, though, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation published a report detailing several physical, cognitive and psychosocial factors.
Nevada residents who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and are experiencing the symptoms of depression may want to look into cognitive training. A recent study, the results of which were published in Human Brain Mapping, shows that group cognitive training can help reduce those symptoms.