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TBI Versus Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A recent discovery has caused great excitement in the world of traumatic brain injury (TBI) research. According to reports, researchers have identified key differences between TBI and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Both conditions share many common symptoms, which may leave medical professional unable to differentiate between them in some cases.

The study, published in PLOS One, compared more than 20,000 brain scans. According to Theodore Henderson, MD, PhD, a co-author of the study, "This discovery is breakthrough information for anyone diagnosed with either TBI or PTSD or both…Now that we can tell the difference between TBI and PTSD, clinicians can apply more targeted and appropriate treatments, and achieve advances with their patients."

"Functional Neuroimaging Distinguishes Post traumatic Stress Disorder from Traumatic Brain Injury in Focused and Large Community Datasets," considered to be the largest functional neuroimaging study to date, has allowed researchers to use single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) to understand biological differences between the effects of TBI and PTSD on the brain. This specialized neuroimaging method and resulting study have helped to demystify TBI and PTSD. Before, both were difficult to differentiate because they each can display symptoms like anxiety, mood dysregulation, depression, irritability and other cognitive breakdowns. Dr. Henderson, a psychiatrist specializing in treating complex conditions, stated that this study “clearly delineates the potential of SPECT as a biomarker in differentiating TBI from PTSD - a critical issue for anyone suffering from symptoms with no answers." He went on to emphasize the importance of obtaining accurate diagnoses for either TBI or PTSD, or both. Though each have similar symptoms, both use very different treatments.

 

Can TBI Be Considered Personal Injury?

If you have been involved in an accident and suffered a TBI, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. When a negligent driver causes an accident in which you receive a TBI, you may be able to hold that driver responsible in civil court. When you file a personal injury claim, you will detail which injuries you have sustained and which damages you should be awarded. For example, if you now have high medical bills for treatment of your TBI, the at-fault driver should be responsible for paying for them.

If you have suffered a TBI due to another person’s negligence, give the team at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami a call. Our skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys may be able to help you build a solid case for compensation.

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