March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Raising awareness about brain injury is vitally important because over 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Even with a number that large, a lack of awareness remains. The effects of TBI are often attributed to other causes because of the invisible nature of brain injury. The most common cause of TBI is the result of a fall. Some common effects of TBI are mood swings, memory problems, difficulty with attention or concentration, and agitation. Of the 1.7 million people who experience a brain injury, the bulk of this group, 1.4 million, is treated and released from the emergency room. From there, it is unknown how many people receive continued treatment, however, the individuals will most likely experience some degree of lasting effects from TBI.
The United States Brain Injury Alliance is working to raise awareness about the issues surrounding TBI. Click here for more information about the United States Brain Injury Alliance.