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Navigating the Brain Maze

Navigating the Brain Maze is a series of short videos that will introduce you to what a brain injury is, levels of care and recovery, funding and insurance, as well as specific information on stroke, brain injury in children and mild traumatic brain injury. Hear from doctors, professionals, survivors and their families about how you can navigate your way through the maze that brain injury can often be.

What is Brain Injury?

Brain injuries can happen to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. In this video, you will learn what acquired and traumatic brain injuries are, signs and symptoms, the long-term effects, and prevention strategies.

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Caring for Brain Injury

When a loved one sustains a brain injury, it’s hard to know what comes next. In this video you will learn about the various stages of care from a doctor visit or the emergency room, to rehabilitation and recovery, and finally returning home.

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Funding and Insurance

The medical expenses of a brain injury are daunting. In this video you will learn about some of the government services available at the federal level and the state level, an overview of the Texas insurance laws and resources, and strategies to make sure your loved one receives the care they need.

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Living with Brain Injury

Brain injury doesn’t just affect the individual – it affects their family and whole community.; Learn about strategies to make the most of life following a brain injury and to understand what may be the “new normal.”

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Moving Forward

Brain injuries are not a single incidence injury, but rather a chronic condition that will need to be cared for throughout life. However, there are many resources available in Texas that can help.

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Understanding Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), often referred to as a concussion, is a growing public concern. Knowing the signs and symptoms of mTBI is important so that you know when to seek treatment. This video explains the basics of mTBI and will help you understand why these "mild" brain injuries need to be taken seriously. A young athlete and economist share their experiences and insights.

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Brain Injury in Children

Statistics show that young children and youth have a higher risk of sustaining a brain injury. In the event of such an injury, although the child appears to be okay, there may be some effects that can go unnoticed. This video helps ensure parents and loved ones know exactly what to look for and what to do in case a brain injury is suspected. Learn about the moving journey of one survivor and her mother.

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Understanding Stroke

The fifth leading cause of disability in the United States is stroke - a type of acquired brain injury. Almost 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year. In this video, you will learn exactly what a stroke is, who is most susceptible, what the warning signs are and what you can to do help prevent a stroke. Hear the inspiring stories of rehabilitation of two survivors and their advice.

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Feeling Alone?

Join a support group for people with brain injuries and their families.

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Professionals: HHS offers free training about acquired brain injuries.

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