BENEFITING: Center For Neurological Studies
ORGANIZER: Center For Neurological Studies
EVENT: Give Detroit Challenge 2016
Center For Neurological Studies wrote -
TBI in combat veterans is strongly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and physical health problems. These medical concerns affect the quality of life not only for veterans, but of their spouses, children, extended family, friends, and their community.
Veterans with TBI face higher risks for other psychological problems and suicide. They have higher rates of unhealthy behaviors—smoking, overeating, and unsafe sex—and higher rates of physical health problems and mortality. They also tend to miss more work or to report being less productive. These conditions can impair relationships, disrupt marriages, aggravate the difficulties of parenting, and cause problems in children that may extend the consequences of combat injury and trauma across generations. There is also a link between these conditions and homelessness. The damaging consequences from lack of treatment or under-treatment suggests that those afflicted, as well as society at large, stand to gain substantially with access to effective care.
TBI and PTSD in veterans extends beyond the soldier and family and into the community. PTSD has been linked domestic violence, criminal activity, and to alcohol and other drug abuse as a means of self‐medication. One of the strongest indicators between PTSD and criminogenic behaviors in incarcerated veterans was the presence of a TBI. When a veteran suffers from a combination of TBI and PTSD, his/her symptomology often includes irritability, cognitive defects, insomnia, impaired vision, depression, fatigue, and anxiety.
Accurate diagnosis of brain injuries is critical in order to improve quality of life for veterans, their families, and our communities. Through this initiative, CNS and the Eisenhower Center will focus on innovation, diagnosis, and hope for combat veterans and others suffering TBI.