Published By Diane Roberts Stoler in psychologytoday.com
Your diet, quality of sleep, degree of stress, hormonal factors, and general quality of life directly affect your brain function.
This post will be the first of a five-part series relating to methods and treatments to help you regain your life again after a brain injury. In my book, Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, the format is set up in the following template: a vignette, an explanation of how the symptom is diagnosed, then treatments and methods for that symptom followed by practical suggestions. The treatments and methods category is subdivided into conventional, complementary and alternative treatment options, which is based on whether or not insurance will reimburse the cost. This section is not organized by the most frequent or most effective treatment because what may work for one person for a specific symptom, may not necessarily work for the next person experiencing the same symptom. For this reason, I developed my 5 Prong Approach to determine what method or methods work best for each individual person’s specific symptom(s) that are present as a result of a brain injury.
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Brain Injury and Your Brain
With this knowledge and information, we must emphasize again that it is your brain that has been injured. The human brain weighs about three pounds and is the most complex (an intricate network of some 200 billion nerve cells and a trillion supporting cells) of all your organs. It is nourished by a vast network of blood vessels that supply the oxygen and glucose needed to fuel the brain. Your diet, quality of sleep, degree of stress, hormonal factors, and general quality of life directly affect your brain function, impacting all bodily activity from heart rate and movement to emotion and learning. The brain’s complex components include veins, arteries, capillaries, thread-like nerve fibers, connective networks, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, and hormones, which are involuntarily reactive to both internal and external events.
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