Specializing in auto accident trauma mental health care, and having recently published a book on the topic, I was interested to learn how a successful personal injury attorney views topics of trauma, traumatic brain injuries , and the personal injury legal process. On January 25, 2021, I spoke with one of the top personal injury attorneys in the United States about issues of law and trauma. Mr. Ven Johnson has over 35 years of experience as a personal injury attorney. He started out his practice as a defense attorney mentored by a brilliant trial lawyer in Michigan. Mr. Johnson now runs his own law practice, Johnson Law , and is involved in many high-profile cases, including the Midland Dam crisis. Attorneys and Vicarious Traumatization I first asked Mr. Johnson how he views the impact of working with trauma survivors for attorneys and how attorneys cope with vicarious traumatization. Mr. Johnson said that trauma affects all aspects of the work with clients and impacts … [Read more...] about How Do Personal Injury Attorneys View Trauma?
Key Points: Although traumatic brain injuries involve brain-related symptoms, other organs including the immune system, GI system, lungs, and heart may also be compromised. These injuries can result in changes throughout the body that can increase morbidity and even mortality. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from a head injury that damages the brain. Symptoms can include loss of consciousness, post-traumatic amnesia, memory loss, disorientation, and confusion. Symptoms occur immediately following the brain trauma and last for a while afterward. Psychiatric symptoms also may occur and include mood fluctuations, depression , anxiety , irritability, and personality changes. Other CNS (central nervous system ) symptoms such as dizziness, headache, tinnitus, light sensitivity, and decreased sense of smell can also occur. In an interesting paper recently published in Trends in Neurosciences, Alan Faden and colleagues discuss the consequences of TBI that involve … [Read more...] about Traumatic Brain Injuries Affect More than the Brain
Home Health Disorders cure Disorders Cure oi-Amritha K By Amritha K on February 8, 2021 | Reviewed By Karthika Thirugnanam Every year, the second Monday in February is observed as International Epilepsy Day to promote awareness of epilepsy in more than 130 countries each year. The Day is a joint initiative by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). People with epilepsy have seizures due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. A seizure is a sudden and uncontrolled disturbance in the brain which can lead to changes in one's behaviour, feelings, movements, and levels of consciousness. Each seizure may not only be life-threatening to the patient, but repeated seizures can also cause significant brain damage. An individual is said to have refractory epilepsy when the medications fail to bring their seizures under control. Refractory epilepsy is also known as uncontrolled, intractable, or drug-resistant epilepsy. … [Read more...] about International Epilepsy Day 2020: Refractory Epilepsy And Role Of Keto Diet In Treating Epilepsy
Source: ThinkPublic/Creative Commons As one who studies deception for a living, I am often asked why some people seem to lie a lot. That question always seemed like a fair one to me. We can all immediately recall examples of lying politicians, corrupt businessmen, conniving lovers, and duplicitous coworkers. These deceivers grab our attention because their dishonesty is so far outside the norms of society. We feel fortunate that these big liars are rare, with most people in our communities acting just like us—honest. But not long ago, another question crossed my mind: Why are most people so honest? Sure, there are some big liars out there, but most people are honest most of the time, even when being dishonest might help them get ahead. Why, when lying and deception often would allow one to gain an advantage, would honesty be such a central feature of human nature? The tendency to be honest with those around us seems so pervasive that it is almost as if the tendency is … [Read more...] about The Evolution of Honesty
Source: Image by Qu Ji from Pixabay Most people have heard of the term vicarious trauma, relating to a concept that is often defined broadly in describing secondary trauma experienced by people who work with traumatized individuals. Yet many people who do not work directly within that population may nonetheless experience a disquieting sense of unease, anxiety, or even physical symptoms that do not appear to be directly tied to present life circumstances. But are they? And without any training or experience, how do we cope? Various Forms of Vicarious Trauma Dana C. Branson (2019) notes that vicarious trauma (VT) is often used to refer to the “unique, negative, and accumulative changes” that may impact clinicians engaged in empathetic client relationships.[i] Branson notes that within this context, characteristics and physical symptoms may include unwelcome thoughts or imagery induced by client disclosures, … [Read more...] about Are You Suffering From Vicarious Trauma?