Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Treatment
Orange County Mental Health Treatment With Residential Care
D’AMORE HEALTHCARE PROVIDES RESIDENTIAL
SUBACUTE CARE FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TBI)
Caring for a family member or loved one with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be incredibly difficult and stressful. At D’Amore Healthcare our expert staff is trained to help you through this trying time. The goal of our TBI rehabilitation program is to help your loved be as independent as possible. Our residential treatment program allows the body to heal while we help the patient to recover cognitive functions, relearn processes, and recuperate as efficiently as possible. D’Amore’s rehabilitation program can also help a person with a Traumatic Brain Injury learn to function within the limitations of their injury, they will learn new ways to perform daily activities if any previous abilities have been lost.
Traumatic Brain Injuries can make a person more susceptible to co-occurring mental health disorders, especially depression. By partnering with D’Amore Healthcare you are ensuring that your loved one not only receives assistance with the immediate symptoms of their injury but also the psychological impact that it may have on them. A person with a TBI is also at a greater risk of developing a Substance Abuse Disorder. These issues can complicate the rehabilitation process and exacerbate the physical and mental issues that accompany a TBI. Because D’Amore is a dual-diagnosis mental health and addiction treatment center we are uniquely qualified to help you and your loved one have the best chance possible to recuperate successfully from a Traumatic Brain Injury and everything that comes along with it.
The method and duration of rehabilitation will depend on each person’s individual circumstances. Regardless of the severity of the brain injury or what part of the brain was injured, Our Orange County Residential Treatment Program can aide you or your loved one on the road to recovery. D’Amore Healthcare ensures a soothing environment to dive into your goals.
The spirit of compassion and independence that serves as a framework for our program is immediately empowering. Our courteous and expert staff address each facet of a patient’s diagnosis. Because of the wide spectrum of therapeutic modalities that we offer, we are able to develop a sub-acute care plan designed for each of our patients’ individual needs and goals. We are a nationally-recognized, licensed mental health facility that has helped individuals living with a Traumatic Brain Injury find a new road to wellness.
RECOVERY FROM A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Our personalized approach is designed to treat the patient as a whole, bringing joy and hope back to the lives of those suffering from TBI. A personalized treatment program is crucial to teach a person with a TBI how to manage their lives and restore their quality of life.
By tailoring our treatment program to each individual, we are able to address their specific loss of functionality and help them to overcome the impairment that these symptoms can cause. At our Orange County Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center, an individualized treatment program is designed to addresses each patient’s unique Traumatic Brain Injury experience.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) TREATMENT
D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis, mental health treatment center for men and women specializing in residential, sub-acute care for traumatic brain injuries. We are a Joint Commission-accredited facility located in the sunny, beach community of Huntington Beach in Orange County, Southern California. Our TBI Treatment program is uniques in that we provide 24-hour care, preparing each individual for independence. Instead of driving back and forth to multiple appointments with doctors and therapists, we bundle services under one roof. The social community formed serves the patient for the long term, normalizing symptoms that occur in all three areas of diagnosis: psychological, medical and neurological.
We offer the following treatment modalities for people living with a Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Circadian Rythm Re-Balancing
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
- Play Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Equine Therapy
- Speech Therapy (As Needed)
WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?
A Traumatic Brain Injury is an injury to the brain caused by an impact to the head. The initial damage that occurs during the impact is called the primary injury. These primary injuries can affect the entire brain or just a specific area. As a result of the impact, a person’s brain knocks back and forth inside the skull causing bruising and bleeding. In the direct aftermath of the impact, a person will typically experience a certain set of symptoms as a result of their primary injury. These symptoms are typically confusion, memory loss, blurred vision, dizziness, or loss of consciousness. After the damage was done by the primary injury, the brain will begin to swell. This creates tension as the brain pushes out against the skull, thereby restricting the flow of oxygen to the brain. This effect often causes more damage than the original injury.
After a patient has been stabilized they can be discharged from the hospital. But this is just the beginning of the recovery process. If a patient still requires a ventilator to breathe, they will need to be transferred to a Long Term Acute (LTAC) Care Facility. Once the person recovering from a TBI can breathe easily without assistance, they can be transferred to a rehabilitation center like D’Amore for sub-acute, residential care. Here, the patient receives assistance with their daily activities and can be monitored by nursing staff to prevent any complications or additional injuries. In this level of care, the patient will work with psychiatrists and therapists to chart their recovery and ensure that they are in the best position possible to heal to the best of their abilities.
Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury requires hard work on behalf of the patient and their clinical staff. The rehabilitation team must partner with the patient in an effort to relearn common tasks and activities and learn to compensate for their lost abilities. A therapist can help patients to learn to dress, eat, bathe, use the restroom, and travel short distances. Therapists also monitor the patient’s ability to safely swallow food, drink fluids, and help with communication. A neuropsychologist helps patients relearn cognitive functions and develop skills to compensate for any loss of ability with their memory, cognitive ability, and emotional needs.
SYMPTOMS OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
The symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury can vary depending on the damage caused by the injury and the section of the brain that was affected by the impact. Some of these symptoms show up immediately after the impact, while others may not manifest until several days or weeks after the primary injury occurred. Traumatic Brain Injuries are typically considered either mild, like a concussion, or severe. In cases of severe TBIs, the person who experienced the impact may lose consciousness for an extended period of time. Although the loss of consciousness or coma is not necessarily necessary components to diagnose a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Any TBI, whether it is considered mild or severe, can result in short-term or long-term symptoms.
Behavioral changes due to a TBI can include:
- Strained social skills
- Difficulty empathizing with others
- Self-centeredness or Narcissism
- Loss of control over emotions
- Agitation and increased in irritability
- Inappropriate behavior
- Aggressive behavior
- Dramatic mood swings
Cognitive changes due to a TBI can include:
- Decreased attention span
- Problems with Memory
- Difficulties with Problem-solving
- Poor judgment
- Loss of ability to read and write
- Loss of vocabulary
- Difficulty communicating
- Trouble understanding difficult ideas
- Difficulty learning new things
- Slurred Speach
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AND DEPRESSION
People who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury are approximately 3 times more likely to develop depression than someone without a TBI. The danger of developing depression is present regardless of whether the TBI was mild, moderate, or severe. Some people experience the symptoms of depression directly after the initial injury, while others don’t develop symptoms until years later. About 30% of people with a TBI will develop Clinical Depression in the years following their injury. Depression can exacerbate the negative symptoms of a TBI and make recovery even more difficult. Patients who are experiencing depression after a TBI are less likely to have positive outcomes from rehabilitation. Depression can cause a person with a TBI to be less social, decrease their daily activities, get less sleep, have a poorer mood, decrease employment opportunities, and have an overall lower quality of life. When coupled with the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury, depression becomes even more dangerous. A person with a TBI who s suffering from Depression will also have an increased risk of suicide.
D’Amore Healthcare has years of experience treating both Major Depressive Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Our familiarity with treating the symptoms of these disorders makes us uniquely qualified to help patients with a TBI who are living with depression. We utilize a variety of different treatment modalities to aid our patients in their rehabilitation and give them the best chance at success.
DUAL-DIAGNOSIS: TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND ADDICTION
Traumatic Brain Injuries are closely tied to substance abuse. About 30% of people who require rehabilitation after suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury were intoxicated in some way at the time of their injury. Alcohol and drug use can severely impair a person’s judgment and motor skills, thereby leading to an increased likelihood of experiencing a serious injury. Substance abuse can become even more of an issue after a head injury. Research has shown that alcohol and drug use either stays constant or increases in the years following a TBI. When coupled with the psychological impact of a moderate to severe brain injury, this can hamper or halt the TBI rehabilitation process.
People recovering from a TBI are generally effected more by drugs and alcohol than those without a head injury. Substance abuse can further impede their ability to focus, maintain balance, and make good decisions. This can lead to another injury or further exasperate symptoms that they are already experiencing. A dual-diagnosis TBI and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) can interfere with the brain’s natural healing process. They may be at greater risk of suffering from seizures, further cognitive decline, the symptoms of depression and the risk of suicide. Many people who have sustained a TBI have also been prescribed prescription pain medication. In the case of opiates like Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, Demerol and Norco, this can trigger a new addiction if a person is predisposed to substance abuse issues.
D’Amore’s Addiction Treatment program has helped countless people recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Our expert staff can treat the co-occurring symptoms of both a Traumatic Brain Injury as well as depression and substance abuse issues. We know that no two patients are alike and that a moment of clarity can come at any time. That is why we create individualized treatment plans that take a person’s entire history and psychological profile into consideration.