BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS 15 per cent of the approximately 18,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that occur in a year in Ontario are a result of a cycling accident. Every year in Canada, over 11,000 people die as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) – using the same 15 per cent – that’s over … Continue reading Why didn’t my bike helmet prevent my TBI?
BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS One of the struggles I faced after sustaining my Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) was difficulty focusing. Apparently this isn’t a problem only those who have sustained a TBI face, but also impacts many non-TBI survivors. The world around us is not helping with this struggle. I observe people bouncing around between the … Continue reading Having Trouble Focusing? Here are some tips that can help
BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS In June of last year I wrote a post entitled Can the Brain Repair Itself? The answer to this question according to research conducted by Dr. Siddharthan Chandran, director of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, is “Yes, just not well enough.”
BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS We know that every brain injury is different – which is why aspects of brain injury, such as prognosis and treatment, can be so complicated – if every brain injury is unique, how we find effective ways to treat each individual? Now, promising research suggests that a deeper understanding of interconnected brain networks may lead to personalized treatments … Continue reading This simple, pain-free brain stimulation technique may one day lead to a personalized treatment for brain injury
At our September community meeting, Amanda Muise and Roby Miller from Community Head Injury Resource Services (CHIRS) gave a presentation about positive psychology. We also had the opportunity to hear our long-time member Frank Bruno talk about running the Pan Am Relay this past June, and many of us posed with his relay torch (see below.) Positive psychology is … Continue reading September community meeting: positive psychology
BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS How can we survive, and perhaps even find happiness after experiencing loss or trauma ?This is a question that has fascinated me ever since surviving my traumatic brain injury almost four years ago. I reviewed the writings of Martin Seligman, the leading authority in the fields of positive psychology, the scientific study of … Continue reading Finding happiness after brain injury
BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS After sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2011 I was blessed to be referred to a wonderful cccupational therapist who helped me to firstly understand what had happened to me, secondly, helped me to develop strategies to deal with my deficits, and finally helped me to accept my new normal. We focused on three areas … Continue reading Can physical exercise help ABI survivors?
BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can often lead to problems with a person’s cognitive control, affecting their attention, memory, thought, behaviour and emotion. Cognitive control is our ability to modify our behaviour and actions to adapt to the situation we are in. It provides the basis for planning, problem solving and adaptive behaviour (our ability to be self sufficient and independant, based on … Continue reading Interconnected brain regions – an end to the GCS?
BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS When I suffered my traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2011, I believed that the cells in my brain which had been damaged were irreparable. But recent research suggests that the brain can repair itself, and that what was once damaged may be able to heal. Before we explore the scientific evidence, we need to have a rudimentary … Continue reading Can the brain repair itself?
BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS I’ve been thinking lately about the grieving process I went through after I sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in May 2011. It was a long and difficult journey. Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross first introduced her five stages of grief in 1969. Although the theory was developed as a result of her … Continue reading My TBI journey – from denial to acceptance