Posts Tagged ‘Traumatic Brain Injury’

By On September 23rd, 2014

Reflections on the 20th Annual Zarrow Symposium

Last week, I attended the 20th annual Zarrow Symposium, a mental health conference that attracted close to 700 attendees.  One of the highlights was a talk given by former U.S. Representative from Rhode Island, Patrick Kennedy.  I continue to reflect on many things that he said about the challenges of getting the Mental Health Parity…


By On September 3rd, 2014

Can the VA fix its problems?

Veterans’ health treatment and care have been under close scrutiny recently as it has come out that many veterans are seeing extensive delays that prevent them from getting the help they need. Whether the health needs are physical or mental, veterans have been forced to wait for care while their health deteriorates and more names…


By On July 24th, 2014

History Repeating Itself Podcast Explores the Creation of a Criminal

What factors contribute to make someone a criminal?  Ben Orlando explores this question as well as the current state of our criminal justice system in the most recent episode of his podcast History Repeating Itself.  Rolf B. Gainer, PhD, is featured in part of the episode that looks at the number of people with brain…


By On July 23rd, 2013

Wounded Warrior Smartphone Application for Suicide Prevention

A new Smartphone application is now available for veterans geared towards suicide prevention.  Twenty two Wounded Warriors a day, struggling with TBI and PTSD, are succumbing to suicide ideations.  With this in mind and inspired by the suicide of a close friend, Psychologist Edward White developed the idea after watching his daughter playing a computer…


By On February 27th, 2013

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…


By On February 22nd, 2013

Mindy McCready: A Path to Suicide

“All her troubles were self-inflicted. She had everything. She was a tremendous talent but everything about it was a waste.” These words from actor, Dean Cain, a former fiancé of Mindy McCready, are a common response to the recent tragedy of McCready’s death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Unfortunately, mental illness and substance abuse issues…


By On June 25th, 2012

Traumatic Brain Injury is on the Rise

Traumatic brain injury is a form of acquired brain injury that occurs when a trauma causes some form of damage to the brain. TBI comes in many forms from mild or moderate to severe. Mild TBI’s occur when a person does not lose consciousness or losses consciousness for a short time period and experiences headaches,…


By On May 21st, 2012

Junior Seau’s Family Considers Donating His Brain to TBI Research Following His Suicide

The family of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau is considering donating his brain to further research football-related injuries, following Seau’s recent suicide. It is believed that Seau’s decision to end his life with a gunshot to the chest was, at least partially, due to chronic traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) sustained during 20 seasons playing professional…


By On March 26th, 2012

Vets with Mental Health Issues are More Likely to Abuse Pain Killers

A new study finds that Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with a mental health disorder are more likely to abuse prescription narcotic pain killers. When these war veterans return from active duty, they are often struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and are also dealing with chronic pain. With the modern advances of science/technology in…

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