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New Treatment Approaches to Emotional Problems after TBI

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New Research on Treatment for Emotional Issues after TBI Presented in Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation


Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) commonly have emotional difficulties—a persistent problem with limited treatment options.

One study evaluates videoconferencing technology to provide training in emotional regulation skills, in an innovative “telerehabilitation” approach that may expand access to treatment for patients with varying types of emotional challenges after TBI. “High-quality studies aimed at improving emotional functioning following TBI needs to be a priority; the well-being and life quality of our patients depend on it,” writes Guest Editor Dawn Neuman, PhD, of Indiana University School of Medicine at Indianapolis.

New Treatment Approaches to Emotional Problems after TBI

Many patients with TBI experience disruptions in emotional functioning, including problems in awareness, recognition, expression, and regulation of emotions. “Of the vast array of consequences of TBI, emotional deficits are among the most prevalent, persistent, and difficult to treat,” according to Dr. Neumann. Deficits in emotional regulation can affect patients’ lives in many ways, including a reduced ability to participate in and benefit from other rehabilitation treatments.

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