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Brain Damage: The Truth About Trauma

Format: 1 x 52
Broadcaster(s):  ichannel
Available in HD

Concussions resulting from contact sports are a hot topic today but only 20% of the more than 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occurring annually in the US are attributable to sports. While no two TBIs are alike, certain after effects are common: exhaustion, lack of focus, short term memory loss, emotional lability, lack of inhibition leading to socially inappropriate behaviour, inability to concentrate and/or follow instruction, mood swings, depression, hearing voices...  And they take their toll.   

According to recent surveys, 60-80% of the prison population and 53% of homeless have suffered brain injuries.  After brain injury 90% of marriages end in divorce, ‘self- medication’ though substance abuse is rampant and the suicide rate increases fourfold. The resulting cost to society is immeasurable.   And yet once the brain injury survivor leaves hospital there is very little help out there.

Following the personal stories of brain injury survivors, this documentary explores new approaches to helping survivors both through science and through changes in societal attitudes and legal reform. 

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