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Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) can be difficult to understand. Many families may ask, “Why isn’t my loved one waking up?” The following educational resources will help to answer those questions as well as many others related to the injury, diagnosis, prognosis, resources available, and care of your loved one after severe brain injury.
This section will guide you in understanding some treatments for disorders of consciousness (DoC), who may be involved in their treatments and what they do, and kinds of medications that may be helpful.
If your loved one has a disorder of consciousness (DoC), they have injured one or more parts of the brain that control their ability to stay awake, be aware of what is going on around them, think, and interact with the world.
The term “disorder of consciousness” (DoC) describes a group of conditions that involve difficulty with awareness that includes coma, unresponsive wakefulness syndrome/vegetative state, and minimal conscious state.
Post-traumatic amnesia is a state of awareness survivors pass through on their way from a coma to full consciousness. Many survivors, when they begin rehabilitation, are going through post-traumatic amnesia.