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The biggest and most nefarious misconception about TBI is that it doesn’t get better. That is simply not true. The vast majority of people with TBI do well over time and can be effectively treated to live functional and fulfilling lives. However, that does not counter the risk of behavioral, medical, and cognitive problems in the long term. With more research and experience, experts in the field are focusing on learning more to mitigate risk and improve the outcome of those with TBI in both the short and long term.
Recently, Wounded Warrior Project funded a study with the Rand Corporation on the need to treat substance use disorder along with treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The often co-occurring conditions must be treated simultaneously to be as effective as possible.
A traumatic brain injury or repeated brain traumas can sometimes lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, astrogliosis, or other neurogenerative conditions. Since researchers are still learning about the progression of these diseases, which can stem from repeated TBIs, providers are currently trying to plan and address how to change their model of care to best help veterans and their families in the long term.
Emory Healthcare Veterans Program’s two-week PTDS Treatment intensive for post-9.11 vets is a convenient and effective means for people to get needed treatment for PTSD, TBI, depression, chronic pain, and substance abuse from home. The results are the same whether accessing care via telehealth or on site.
Connor Martin and his family donated his brother Kevin Ash's and evidence of CTE was discovered, a condition that can only be diagnosed after death. Kevin's family encourages others to donate as well so we can learn more about brain injuries and CTE.
Would Connor Martin's brother, veteran and athlete Kevin Ash, have lived his life differently if he'd know more about traumatic brain injury? Connor doesn't think so. But Connor knows the dangers now and he tries to make things safer when he's active.
Veteran Kevin Ash suffered blast injuries during his deployment, but it was a rugby tackle that put him in a coma. His brother Connor Martin said that when Kevin work up he had lost both hearing and sight but the family accepted these changes as the "new normal."
Connor Martin's brother, veteran Kevin Ash, fell into a coma after receiving a traumatic brain injury. After he woke up, though, his family discovered he had lost his sight and hearing which cost him a lot of independence. But his family fought to keep him active and engaged with life.
Kevin Ash, a veteran, felt strongly about helping others. His brother Connor Martin knows Kevin would be proud to continuing helping others even after his death by raising awareness of TBI, CTE, and brain donation.