Resource Summary

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and related post-concussive symptoms affect a large proportion of military and veteran populations. Amongst military personnel and veterans, there have been more than 350,000 diagnoses of TBI; an estimated 98,000 of these will also be diagnosed with PTSD. Nearly a quarter of all military personnel will, at some point, be diagnosed with TBI and/or PTSD at some point in their lives. Diagnosis of TBI comes with a high likelihood of co-morbid indications and subtle, impactful cognitive impairments, including:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Sleep Disruption
  • Substance Abuse
  • Slowed brain activity
  • Drowsiness
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Decreased Quality of Life

Many post-concussive symptoms are resistant to standard treatment and continue affect TBI patients far beyond the initial 6 months of recommended downtime. Following traumatic brain injury, brain networks are commonly injured; healthy 8-13Hz alpha activity transitions to slower, 4-8Hz theta activity. These disruptions in resting state cortical connectivity and function occur concomitantly with many cognitive impairments, and is often left unaddressed by traditional treatment methods[1].Targeted neuro modulation may assist in repairing injured networks and relieving the long-lasting cognitive impairments of TBI and PTSD.

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