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The human brain is a three-pound organ that remains largely an enigma. But most people have heard of the brain’s gray matter, which is needed for cognitive functions such as learning, remembering and reasoning.
The brain is the organ that orchestrates all the diverse functions and complex decisions that take place in biological systems. Despite its critical nature, it is equally as fragile: the neurons that make up the brain do not regenerate like many other cell types.
The events taking place in the news may be triggering to many in our BrainLine community. If you need to talk, you are not alone. There are resources available now. Please reach out to these crisis lines.
The introduction of COVID-19 to the human population around December 2019 has resulted in a pandemic that continues to affect the entire world. While the research to date has focused on potential neurological impairment to COVID-19 patients, little attention has been placed on the effects of the fallout caused by COVID-19 on individuals who are living with brain injury. Specifically, the pandemic has resulted in job loss, social isolation, interruptions to routine, and a need to adjust previously successful compensatory strategies, all highlighting some of these unique challenges. The general population has experienced the same issues. However, individuals with brain injury were already experiencing these prior to the pandemic.
Anger and irritation after a brain injury are common. Those emotions can be diﬃcult to control, leading to trouble in relationships or at work. Researchers are learning new ways to identify and lessen those feelings. Here are resources that provide information and support for those with brain injury and their families.
Caring for someone with a brain injury can be challenging sometimes. After a brain injury, people often behave diﬀerently than they did before. Sometimes people become more angry or irritable. Finding ways to accept and cope with these emotions can help you and the person you love. Here are some ideas that might help:
Anger and irritability are common side eﬀects of a brain injury. They’re heightened when we view other’s actions through a negative lens. Here are some strategies to help reduce anger, irritation, and aggression. Sometimes it helps to PAUSE before you react:
Imagine waking up one morning and your loved one lost the ability to recognize and empathize with your feelings. For the last couple of decades, researchers have been showing this to be a common outcome for people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
The Brain Injury Research Center at Mount Sinai Hospital is seeking volunteers who have had a traumatic brain injury and are experiencing difficulties in any of the following areas: • Understanding emotions • Feeling upset for no reason • Losing patience • Controlling behavior • Getting things done when upset • Taking it out on others when upset This online study delivers an emotion regulation