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Do you know someone recently deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan? Were they exposed to a blast or explosion that left them briefly dazed or confused? Did they say that their "bell was rung" by this event or events?
Have you noticed any of the following?
- Complaints of persistent headaches and/or neck pains
- Experience unusual forgetfulness or is easily distracted
- Complaints of dizziness, loss of balance or ringing in the ears
- Has unexplained sadness or anger, or mood changes that occur without an emotional trigger
- Blurred vision or unusual sensitivity to light or sound
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty completing tasks that require concentration, organization, or decision making
- Changes in sleep patterns or complaints of unusual fatigue
Is that someone a battle buddy, a spouse, a friend, a brother or sister, or YOU? If so, they may have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). A mild traumatic brain injury will often not leave visible wounds; but is very real. These symptoms may be temporary; but for some they may be prolonged or even life-long.
The Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK) seeks to help these soldiers and their families in the following ways:
- Confidential, one-on-one contact with BIAK staff to help you identify your needs and available resources.
- Contact information with support groups
- Access to brain injury support/education materials
- Strategies for coping with common brain injury and how to help in recovery
- Technical assistance in starting support groups
- Assistance in finding counseling support
For more information, or a confidential consultation, call BIAK, toll free 1-800-592-1117.