A Simple Brain Injury Support Group - About Our Group
A Simple Brain Injury Support Group               www.ASBISG.org -
Non-profit group offering support, education, and guidance for survivors, family and caregivers about brain injuries. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service we can.  

PLEASE JOIN AND BE INVOLVED
 
As a group and to help each other, it is crucial to include yourself. Together we work as survivors and medical professionals. We support one another. Medical books can't teach experience so communication and sharing resources is beneficial for education.  
~There is a bit of reluctance of available educational resources for people to understand what a brain injury consists of. Too many people have negative aspects or not enough knowledge about brain injury in the aspect of it being a hidden disability. When people think of disabled, they see someone who is blind, crippled, or in a wheelchair. That is not the case.
 
Research and studies have been done to show the misconceptions about brain injury with survivors, the general public and medical professionals.(Swift, T. L., & Wilson, S. L., 2001). It took an extensive look at beliefs by all three groups without expertise in the field of brain injury, the length of recovery, and misconceptions about abilities of brain injury survivors.
 
Another symptom of misinformation which needs clarification with the general public is the subject of passing judgment on hidden disabilities. Brain injury, muscular sclerosis, and other neurological disorders are a few examples of this. People don’t see a wheelchair or a physical disability so they get angry and judge the individual (Kennemer, C.,1997).
 
Lastly, people need much more awareness about general brain injury knowledge, cognitive rehabilitation, memory deficits and brain injury recovery. Chi-square analyses revealed significant differences among respondents based on age, gender, education and personal experience in brain injury or the brain injury survivors (Hux, K., Schram, C., & Goeken, T., 2006).


References:
Hux, K., Schram, C., & Goeken, T. (2006). Misconceptions about brain injury: A survey replication study. Brain Injury, 20(5), 547-553. doi:10.1080/02699050600676784
Kennemer, C. (1997). Blue space blues: Parking with a hidden disability. Inside MS, 15(1), 15. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
Swift, T. L., & Wilson, S. L. (2001). Misconceptions about brain injury among the general public and non-expert health professionals: an exploratory study. Brain Injury, 15(2), 149-165. doi:10.1080/026990501458380



Education

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY - Injury from an outside source
Concussion- Mild blow to the skull 
Contusion - Bleeding to the brain Diffuse 
Axonal Injury - Shaken Baby Syndrome  

ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY - Injury from within the body to the brain
Stroke - Blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. 
Encephalitis - Inflammation of the brain 
Anoxic Brain Injury - Lack of oxygen to the brain
Hypoxic Brain Injury - Not enough oxygen to the brain
Meningitis & Septicemia -Inflammation of the membranes in the brain 
Brain Tumors - Abnormal growth of tissue in the brain
Toxicity - A substance or mixture of substances to cause harmful effects to the brain.



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