There is no denying that the experience of being in the Military is one that only other military veterans can truly understand. Maybe that’s why after returning home many individuals who experience the aftermath of concussion or brain injury or PTSD believe that something is just wrong with them, when actually they are experiencing symptoms of a neurological condition.
Symptoms can include:
These are symptoms. They do not define you and they are not who you are. They are your brain’s way of telling you that damage has occurred, that an internal miscommunication is taking place.
Let’s say an incident occurs where you experience whiplash. Imagine that the brain stem is the consistency of celery and the cortex is the consistency of jello. During whiplash, a shearing effect occurs. The neurons in that area of the brain that are damaged from the shearing effect are the neurons responsible for activating your fight or flight response and for releasing dopamine, which impacts motivation. Therefore, when our diagnostics indicate damage in that region of the brain, the first thing we ask is – have you experienced increased anxiety, anger or lack of motivation since the incident? The answer is almost always yes.
If your brain is the car and those neurons are your brakes, damage to that system is going to make slowing down or controlling that anger or anxiety as difficult as coming to an abrupt stop with faulty brakes. It’s a problem with how the car is working, not a problem with the driver inside. The first step is to get the car (your brain) functioning properly again. That’s where Cerebrum comes in! For more information, fill out the form below and a Patient Advocate will contact you as soon as possible.