Concussions. Bumps to the Head. Whiplash.
Have you ever been diagnosed with a concussion or suffered a bump to the head? Did you disregard it as unimportant and get right back to your daily routine?
Concussions and bumps on the head can have long-ranging impact. Changes in behavior or emotional stability can be the result of a concussion or brain injury, and noticeable symptoms may not appear until 6-24 months after the initial trauma.
- Has it become more difficult to focus your attention?
- Have you noticed increasing problems with learning or memory?
- Have your emotions become more difficult to control?
- Do you become irritated or lose your temper more easily now?
- Is your behavior more impulsive?
- Has your tendency to become anxious or depressed become worse since a brain injury?
You may feel out of control, not understand why you’re behaving the way you are, or think no one can help you.
Even multiple, smaller hits to the head, like those sustained in sports, can cause changes in behavior or emotional stability. MRIs may not reveal the severity or potential effects of a head injury, and physicians rarely make the connection between head trauma and behavioral or emotional changes, especially when symptoms show up months or years later.
When symptoms do begin to manifest, they disrupt everyday life, interfere with relationships, and put a strain on family life. Loved ones often don’t associate the changes with a previous hit to the head because you seemed fine shortly after the injury.
In fact, there may be a physical cause in your brain.
What If It Wasn’t a Concussion?
Not all bumps to the head are concussions. Many that create concussion-type symptoms are never labeled as concussions. Any bump to the head needs to be taken seriously.
- Multiple small hits can accumulate and cause the same effects as a concussion.
- General Anesthesia can also produce concussion-like effects.
Whether you are diagnosed with a concussion, suspect you have suffered one, or received a significant blow to the head, this may be the cause behind sudden changes in behavior.
Adam*, a smart, engaging 14-year-old boy in a very competitive school, received two blows to the head in lacrosse games within 2 months of each other. The second injury was identified as a concussion.
After 6 weeks, Adam began to struggle in school. He was no longer able to keep up in his classes, and his behavior became erratic. Because he was an adolescent, most people assumed that he was simply goofing off, getting lazy, and starting to hang out with the wrong crowd.
Fortunately, a school counselor referred Adam to our Center. Through qEEG brain mapping, we discovered that Adam was falling apart because his brain was having difficulty performing.
Once Adam began treatment, he began performing better at school. It took some time, and he was able to overcome a negative situation and bring himself back to performing well at a highly competitive school. If Adam had not received help at the right time, his situation might have worsened, and he may have never recovered the mental acuity he’d previously had.
April had suffered debilitating symptoms for over nine years since an illness left her with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). After just six weeks of neurofeedback, she experienced significant improvement. This interview with April, her daughter, and Mike Cohen of Center for Brain explores the power neurofeedback can have in people’s lives, even many years after a brain injury occurs.
What If I Had an MRI and Was Told I’m Fine?
Standard tools in the industry like an MRI or other brain imaging procedure are not sensitive or reliable enough to detect the difference between mild and moderate trauma. They are also unable to predict the severity of an injury and determine potential symptoms that will result. It’s entirely possible for someone to have an MRI and be told they have no damage or injury when they do.
Additionally, erratic behavior and brain injury are rarely linked together because of the lapse in time between a traumatic brain injury and the subsequent changes in mood and behavior.
Doctors don’t typically look two years back in an individual’s personal history to determine if they’ve suffered a concussion or experienced previous brain trauma when making behavioral or mental health diagnoses.
Many people are never told they may experience delayed symptoms when they see a doctor about head injury, so a year after your injury, you may experience symptoms and not make the connection between your symptoms and the brain trauma. Symptoms can be subtle, may take a long time to manifest, or may appear to be issues you’ve always had, just a bit worse.
Karen* came to Center for Brain Training last year, having suffered from depression for more than thirty years. While she had experienced some mild depression in her teens and early twenties, her depression became much more severe in her mid-twenties – a year or two after two falls, which had given her mild concussions.
For most of Karen’s life, her depression had been treated as a psychological problem because no one asked her about prior head injuries. Despite trying multiple medications, she did not respond to antidepressants because her depression was due to a brain injury.
After several neurofeedback sessions, Karen has been able to regain control of her life and is now free from the symptoms of depression. Today, Karen is living with a brighter outlook and continues neurofeedback sessions to maintain her mental health.
Repair Your Brain and Reclaim Your Life with Neurofeedback
Many traumas to the brain can be repaired, and researchers are discovering more about the brain’s capacity to heal itself all the time.
Neurofeedback is an excellent tool to help repair the brain and alleviate symptoms associated with brain traumas. It helps your brain repair itself.
Neurofeedback helps change brain patterns by measuring your brain’s rhythms and rewarding you when your brain creates healthier patterns.
With neurofeedback and qEEG brain mapping, we here at The Center for Brain Training can help determine whether a prior brain trauma may have an impact on behavior and other emotional changes.
If you or a loved one is struggling with changes in brain performance, including attention problems, memory lapses, depression or anxiety, mood, or learning issues, it may be due to a prior hit on the head or concussion.
Can Neurofeedback Help?
It’s very likely neurofeedback can help, even many years after an injury. At the Center for Brain Training we have extensive experience treating brain traumas. We’re passionate about neurofeedback training and, every day, we see lives transformed.
Contact us for a consultation to determine the impact a former head injury may have on your or a loved one’s behavior and emotional stability and start the road to recovery from a concussion or head injury.
Call us at our Jupiter office at 561-744-7616 and find out more about how neurofeedback can help you and your family.