Among these challenges is the fact that victims don’t always display outward signs of their injuries. After all, if people can’t see an injury, it makes understanding the scope of that injury more difficult. This can lead to an increased sense of isolation among brain injury victims, and a feeling that no one fully understands exactly what they’re going through.
t’s for this reason that victims can benefit from support groups. Brain injury support groups provide victims with a network of people facing similar challenges and resources to help overcome daily struggles. For victims of brain injuries in Dallas, there are groups dedicated to providing help for brain injury sufferers.
UNDERSTANDING BRAIN INJURIES
An acquired brain injury (ABI), can be the result of vehicle accidents, workplace collisions or other traumatic events, but they can also occur because of electrocutions, tumors, oxygen deprivation, substance abuse and infectious diseases, among many other factors. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subset of ABI in which a victim suffers a blunt trauma to the head. These injuries can lead to cognitive impairment, memory loss, changes in mood or personality, sensory impairment, physical disability, paralysis and death.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
If you have suffered a brain injury, it is important to remember that many others also suffer these injuries and that you are not alone in your struggles. The following statistics come from the Brain Injury Association of America:
- Over 3.5 million people suffer brain injuries every year.
- Up to 2.5 million people suffer a TBI every year.
- Someone sustains a brain injury in the United States every 13 seconds.
- Over 12 million people in the United States live with an ABI.
- One of out of 60 people lives with a disability from TBI in the United States.
BENEFITS OF BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUPS
Author and support group facilitator Barbara Webster shares her own story about finding strength in support groups after she suffered a brain injury in 1991. Here are a few of the benefits she mentions in an article:
- Talking to others who understand struggles.
- Learning strategies to overcome daily challenges.
- Discovering professionals who can help you.
- Finding inspiration from others’ experiences.
RESOURCES FOR DALLAS BRAIN INJURY VICTIMS
- Dallas Acquired Brain Injury Support Group – This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Zale Lipshy University Hospital.
- Mid-Cities ABI Caregivers Support Group – This group meets on the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Ethicus Hospital in Grapevine.
- Center For Brain Health – The University of Texas at Dallas aims to “understand, protect and heal the brain after a TBI.”
- The Brain Injury Network of Dallas – A non-profit organization that provides supportive services for adults with acquired brain injuries.
- Dallas Area Acquired Brain Injury – A support group for Dallas TBI patients.
- Texas Institute For Brain Injury and Repair – From the UT Southwestern Medical Center. Provides resources including news, education and training.
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