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Behavioral & Emotional Symptoms

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Depending on what part or parts of a person's brain are injured, the individual may experience significant behavioral and emotional changes. The frontal lobe, for example, helps govern personality and impulsivity. If damaged, there might be no "braking mechanism" for self-control. A person may find he cannot control his anger or aggression. He may also make inappropriate comments to friends or strangers not realizing they are off color.

Or the opposite might happen -- someone's personality may become muted or seemingly emotionless. This is called "flat affect."

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Letting Your Adolescent with TBI Have Independence with Limits
May 2, 2014
Clinical psychologist Mariann Young talks about how parents need to let their injured adolescent still be an adolescent while setting limits and creating a structure to keep the child safe.

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The Risks of Wanting to Fit In as a Teen with TBI
May 2, 2014
"Kids with TBI are desperate to fit in with their peers, which can make them incredibly vulnerable," says clinical psychologist Mariann Young.

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What Is the "Concussion Dilemma"?
By: Jeanne Dise-Lewis, PhD | Ask the Expert | October 7, 2013
What type of parental response will best assure a child’s complete recovery from a concussion?

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The Four "Baskets" of Concussion Symptoms
August 30, 2013
Dr. Robert Cantu explains the four "baskets" of concussion symptoms parents should know about: emotional, cognitive, sleep, and physical.

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What Is "Systematic Desensitization" and How Can It Help People with TBI?
By: Jacqueline Borg, PhD | Ask the Expert | August 26, 2013
Sometimes it takes baby steps to help someone with TBI make successful changes in their routines.

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Tackling Social Challenges for Children with TBI
August 9, 2013
Hospital Executive Amy Mansue talks about how rehab specialists can help kids with TBI and their families deal with the social challenges that can arise soon after the injury, but often more importantly, months or years after the injury.

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Learning to Minimize Risky Behaviors for Teens with TBI
July 2, 2013
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about education and effective programs to help teens with TBI make positive choices.

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Helping Teens with TBI Use Social Media Appropriately
July 2, 2013
Posting an inappropriate message on Facebook or inundating friends with texts can be social media pitfalls for any teen, especially those with a brain injury.

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What Is Emotional Flooding?
By: Jacqueline Borg, PhD | Ask the Expert | June 3, 2013
An injured brain needs rest. Without it, even the most mundane activities can overwhelm someone with TBI.

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BrainSTARS: Receptive Language
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | February 1, 2013
The difficulty learning from language alone may make it appear as if the child with TBI is not listening.

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BrainSTARS: Mental Flexibility
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | February 1, 2013
A child who is not mentally flexible has trouble responding appropriately to changes in routine. Here are some options for success.

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BrainSTARS: Regulation of Emotion
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | January 31, 2013
During calm moments, teach your child some alternate strategies to use when she is angry or frustrated.

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BrainSTARS: Self-Regulation
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | January 25, 2013
Remember that disruptive behavior is always more likely when a child is tired or in a situation that is stimulating, unstructured, or confusing.

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Understanding Your Child’s Behavior After a Severe Brain Injury
By: Jeanne Dise-Lewis, PhD | Ask the Expert | September 25, 2012
As children with severe TBI move from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, their needs and wants change; behavior problems can serve the function of drawing attention to a changing need.

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BrainSTARS: Adolescent Self-Regulation
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | November 8, 2011
Despite their age, adolescents with self-regulation difficulties after brain injury require the amount of supervision and structure typically provided for younger children.

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Normal Tantrum or Signs of a Brain Injury?
By: Dr. Jane Gillett | Ask the Expert | February 7, 2011
How parents can work with their child’s doctor and school in case of an undiagnosed brain injury.

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The Emotional Consequences of Concussion
By: Brainline | July 29, 2010
Lots of rest, sleep, and reduced stress are crucial for a child recovering from a mild TBI.

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Back to School After a Concussion
By: Pat Sublette, Oregon TBI Education Coordinator | July 1, 2010
Addressing cognitive, academic, or behavioral issues in students with TBI early will help with school success.

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Emotional and Behavioral Changes in Children After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine.org | June 8, 2010
Everything affects the outcome after a TBI -- from the severity of the injury to the ongoing support of family, friends, and community.

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Caron Gan Talks About Working With Adolescents After Brain Injury
April 29, 2009
Adolescence is never easy. Hear how this family therapist works with young adults with TBI.

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Handling Behavior
By: The Beach Center on Disability | March 31, 2009
What are the most effective ways to deal with challenging behavior in kids?

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Behavioral Considerations Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Joan Mayfield | January 1, 2005
Children with TBI need tailored care in the classroom.


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