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Fort Collins Doctor Talks About Traumatic Brain Injury

By harrisjensen - Posted on 22 May 2012

New Study Finds Biological Basis

For Traumatic Brain Injury Causing Loss Of Memory And Mood Control

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

I've listed many sources for my articles, now I get to add a reader!  An anonymous reader sent me the article in Scientific American at this link:

This reader, like me, has such an outstanding respect for American soldiers.  They put their life on the line every day they are in service.  Our freedom is clearly not free.  But one in five pay a high price in fighting for our freedom.

Chronic traumatic brain encephalopathy.  After the brain receives repeated trauma, it gets injured.

The brain has 100 billion nerves with a total of 240 trillion connections and these get bumped and bruised anytime the brain gets smashed around the skull with it's hard edges and sharp contours.  Even smacking your head on the dash of a car when it hits a fixed object (ie., a tree) at 10 mph can bruise your brain.

That can mean shattering the nerve to nerve connections and twisting the internal structures of the nerves and fraying the fragile outside insulating layer of the nerve, the myelin.  All damage that is microscopic that may not show up at all on a brain CT scan or MRI.  But behavioral evidence can gradually progress, year after year, until 10 or 20 years later, a person finds themself impulsive, forgetful, angry, and little able to interact in the work setting.

This is the depression and memory problems that come from traumatic brain injury.

What can help?  See earlier articles in Good Day Journal.  Exercise, medication, omega three fatty acids, cognitive behavior therapy all combine to help preserve a person's memory and emotional self control.  Search Google Scholar and put in "traumatic brain injury" for scientific articles dealing with treatment of traumatic brain injury. HJ