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On average, 200–300 per 100,000 in the population
attend hospital with head injury every year, with perhaps one-sixth
being admitted. Of those admitted:
Head injury imparts at a blow both physical and psychological
trauma, 'and the consequences are often devastating and
enduring' (Lishman, 1988).
Not infrequently, traumatic brain injury results in an array of
cognitive, emotional, behavioural and physical symptoms, which may
lead to a psychiatric consultation. This consultation will need to
take into account the interplay between the individual's pre-injury
constitution, the brain and its injuries, as well as the
psychodynamic processes that follow from the injury.
This module will give you a better understanding of the
assessment of traumatic brain injury, the steps and the criteria
used to measure the severity of the injury and the extent to which
the symptoms may derive directly from damage to the brain.
Armed forces and
mental health: Part 1 and Part 2 by
Prof Neil Greenberg, Dr Paul Lewis, Dr Anne Braidwood and Dr
brain damage by Prof Kenneth Wilson, Dr Joy Bell and Dr Vanessa
Bedside assessment of cognition by Dr Jordi
Serra-Mestres and Dr Richard Perry
aspects of dizziness: a question of balance by Dr Richard
Symonds and Dr Shanmuga Surenthiran
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