Concussion = Brain Injury (revisited)

This post originally appeared in February of 2012, it is a good summation of the minutiae surrounding concussion.


For years we in the medical community have been struggling with the terms “concussion” and “traumatic brain injury”; is there a difference?  The simple answer is no.  As you have seen on the blog, we use the term interchangeably, however just like anything in life semantics make a difference.  The perception of a “concussion” is that of sports and “not really that big of a deal”, and that would be horribly wrong.

As Broken Brain — Brilliant Mind posts today this injury is to the brain and confusion about semantics need to be cleared in order to gain a firm grasp on the issue at hand;

I’ve been giving a fair amount of thought to concussions over the past couple of years. In the course of my tbi rehab, my neuropsych has referred to my mild tbi’s as “concussions” and oddly, I never really thought of them that way. I’m not sure why I didn’t make the connection. I guess I thought, like so many others, that concussions are not that big of a deal — just a bump on the head. Getting your bell rung. Getting dinged. Big deal, right? Then, when my neuropsych talked about all the concussions I’ve had, the light went on.

My mild traumatic brain injuries were concussions. Concussion sounds a lot less dramatic than TBI, but essentially, it’s the same thing (I won’t go into the distinctions that SUNY-Buffalo Concussion Clinic people make).

By the way if you have not been going to BB–BM you should, as his/her perspective on dealing with brain injury is a massive resource.  Needless to say, whether you use the term “concussion” or “brain injury” the results Continue reading

Broken Brain Brilliant Mind

To the new followers of this blog; there is one other blog that I find speaks volumes about the experience of brain injury.  Broken Brain – Brilliant Mind is a blog from a person that basically speaks to the world about how a human being is dealing with the after effects of a brain injury (see about the blog HERE).  BB’s blog is very insightful for those that are dealing with post injury problems or the support groups surrounding those people.

There are many kind of posts but it mostly centers around how BB gets through the struggles that present themselves from day-to-day.  BB recently cross linked a story that I checked out, his post speaks volumes about struggles that many do not Continue reading

Broken Brain Brilliant Writing

This profound article comes from a blogger (really a very good writer), his site is Broken Brain — Brilliant Mind; Using the infinite mind to overcome the limits of the brain…  Including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survival Strategy and Tactics.  If you have taken the time to follow his stylings you will find out that this self-taught individual has the proper perspective on all things related to head injuries.

It has been far too long that BB has not appeared on this site; for the life of me I don’t know why.  I was cruising the site yesterday and found a wonderful authored article about what is happening to your brain when you get a concussion.  I would love to re-print the entire article here but that would be dirty pool.  In lieu of that I will post some very good sections and implore you to click on THIS LINK to read the entire post.

Because everything is “off” just a tiny bit, and it can create a huge amount of insecurity and anxiety and stress in your life, trying to figure out why the hell everything is working wrong, all of a sudden. On top of your own confusion and frustrations, you’re suddenly surrounded by a whole truckload of people who also wonder why the hell you’re “off” … and whose patience is getting shorter by the day (sometimes by the hour).

What – did you suddenly become an idiot? Did you suddenly get stupid? What’s wrong with you? Continue reading