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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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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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Finding Validation in Support Groups After a Brain Injury
September 19, 2013
Dr. Herman Lukow talks about how support groups and club houses can help people with TBI find common ground as well as a place to learn to socialize successfully again.

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Tapping into Skills of Resilience After a Brain Injury
September 19, 2013
Dr. Herman Lukow talks about learning new ways to face challenges after a brain injury.

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The Positive Pessimist and Redefining Success After Brain Injury
September 19, 2013
Dr. Herman Lukow says that a person who was a pessimist before his injury will probably remain so after his injury, but by finding new interests and small jobs, positivity can slip in one step at a time.

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Helping People with TBI Redefine Independence
September 19, 2013
Dr. Herman Lukow talks about helping people celebrate their small successes like being able to get involved in an activity they like or riding the bus to town.

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What Is the TBI Model Systems' Resilience Adjustment Inventory?
September 19, 2013
Dr. Herman Lukow talks about the importance of studying resilience and the myriad tools to strengthen it in people with brain injury.

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What Physical and Cognitive Rest Really Mean After a Concussion
August 30, 2013
Dr. Robert Cantu talks about how after a concussion the brain is in a metabolic crisis and, without rest, that crisis is exacerbated.

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The Four "Baskets" of Concussion Symptoms
BrainLine Kids | 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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Tackling Social Challenges for Children with TBI
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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
BrainLine Kids | 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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The Most Costly, Least Effective Treatment for Brain Injury
February 14, 2013
Sadly, the biggest single institutional provider for "treatment" for people with substance abuse, serious mental health disorders, and brain injuries are our jails.

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The Many Benefits of Family or Couples Therapy After TBI
January 8, 2013
Family or couples therapy after a TBI can help with strategies but can also address some of the issues the family or couple may have had prior to the injury.

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The Importance of Constituent-Specific TBI Support Groups
January 8, 2013
Joining a TBI support group with others dealing specifically with the same issues can make a world of difference.

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The Process of Dealing with Loss and Grief After a Brain Injury
January 8, 2013
Sometimes people come to think of acceptance as a dirty word, but learning to grieve for the old person and embrace the new one post injury is crucial.

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"If You've Seen One Brain Injury, You've Seen ONE Brain Injury"
January 8, 2013
When Dr. Taryn Stejskal meets with couples, first she listens to their story then works with them to form strategies that work for their individual issues.

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Brookhaven Hospital Helping People with Neurobehavioral Syndrome
November 7, 2012
Brookhaven, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, often has patients with TBI and a history of co-morbid issues like PTSD, depression, personality disorder, and severe behavioral problems.

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Mental Illness and Brain Injury Are Not a Dual Diagnosis
By: BrainLine | June 9, 2011
Often, behavioral and emotional symptoms are a result of a TBI and should be treated as such.

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Why Is Depression the Number One Symptom After a Brain Injury?
By: BrainLine | June 9, 2011
Some 20-60% of people with a TBI experience depression soon after the injury or even years later. Learn why it's so prevalent.

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When Depression Is Not Depression After a TBI
By: BrainLine | June 9, 2011
Fatigue, problems with sleep or concentration, and lack of energy or interest may be their own symptoms, not depression.

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Make Sure to Get Appropriate Help and Treatment After a TBI
By: BrainLine | June 9, 2011
Being aware of symptoms post TBI is crucial to getting the appropriate medical treatment.

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Learn Why Aggression, Irritability, and Depression Are Common After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | June 9, 2011
Changes in or damage to the brain make emotional and behavioral issues common after a TBI.

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What Does a Neuropsychologist Do, Exactly?
By: BrainLine | February 7, 2011
Neuropsychologists look at the interplay between what a person's brain does and how he acts in his life -- emotionally, physically, socially, and so forth.

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

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Emotional and Behavioral Changes in Children After Brain Injury
By: BrainLine.org | BrainLine Kids | 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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BrainLine Talks with Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer and Dr. Taryn Stejskal About Teaching and Maintaining Positivity and Hope
May 27, 2009
Having an optimistic outlook can make all the difference during recovery.

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Educating Families About Behavioral Changes
April 29, 2009
TBI affects the whole family. Hear advice from a family therapist.

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Behavior and Personality Changes After TBI
April 29, 2009
Why is my loved one's behavior and personality suddenly different?

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Caron Gan Talks About Spouses After Injury
April 29, 2009
Hear what this marriage and family therapist has to say.

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

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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks About Understanding Behavior Changes with TBI
April 29, 2009
Emotional and behavioral changes in a person after a TBI can be significant.

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Dr. Tedd Judd Talks Incorporating Brain Injury and Cultural Background
April 29, 2009
The more doctors or therapists know about the background and traditions of their patients, the more effective they will be.

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Differences in Expressing Emotion After Brain Injury
March 4, 2009
BrainLine talks with Dr. Maria Mouratidis about differences in expressing emotion after injury.


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