Traumatic Brain Injuries are underrecognized and underdiagnosed, particulary in women whose symptoms are dismissed as neurosis, depression, or simply psychosamatic.
Women who have experienced domestic vioelnce are particularly vulnerable in not being properly diagnosed and treated for this condition.
Often, domestic violence survivors are so busy picking up the pieces of of their lives for practical survival, as well as coping with the trauma of these events, that they are unable to distinguish between the stress and psychological damage, and the phyical damage caused by their abuse. They may not even know that symptoms they are experiencing, even years after the events, are in fact, the result of brain injury.
Neurological impairments caused by brain injury fall into three main categories:
1.Intellect, and in the information handling aspect of behavior.
2. Emotionality, which concerns feels and motivations.
3. Control, which affects how behavior is expressed.
Here are a few signs to help you recognize TBI:
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