March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

It’s been over 3 decades running since the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) first led the nation in observing March as National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

 

Brain Injury Awareness Month was set forth to educate the public on brain injuries with the intention to increase efforts of case diagnosis and showcase the symptoms that many people are unaware of.

Change Your Mind Campaign

“Change Your Mind” is the campaign for 2018-2020. What it aims to do?

 
  • Educate the general public about the prevalence of brain injuries

  • De-stigmatize the injury

  • Empower those who have suffered from it

  • Promote the many types of support that are available.

 

While it is unclear how many brain injuries go undiagnosed, it remains certain that there are many people across the country who do not receive a proper diagnosis after a serious accident leaves them with a brain injury. Many do not want to feel the stigma of having this type of injury, while others are simply unaware of the symptoms that could point to a brain injury.

 

Traumatic brain injuries are known in the U.S. as the “silent epidemic.” This is because some of the symptoms of brain injuries, such as headaches and difficulty concentrating, are so common that many people do not find a correlation between these two things.

 

A 2015 study by Abbott showed that 6 out of 10 Americans believe that someone must lose consciousness in order to sustain a concussion, and 8 out of 10 individuals cannot identify the most common signs of concussions or brain injuries, such as:

 
  • Headaches

  • Blurry vision

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Feeling tired

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability

  • Anxiety and nervousness

  • Trouble falling or staying asleep

 

For some, awareness of brain injuries brings fear for the future. It’s important to remember that if you believe you have sustained a brain injury after an accident, you are not alone. Nearly 2 million people are affected each year by traumatic brain injuries. Many times, you can take steps to obtain fair and just compensation so you can work toward building your future.

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