Hidden (or Unidentified) TBI
The Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai has engaged in many activities over several years that address the problem of hidden TBI. This term refers to experiencing a brain injury (a blow to the head, a concussion, losing consciousness) and having problems in daily life such as poor memory, emotional outbursts and a variety of other symptoms experienced by many people with a TBI, but never realizing that the brain injury may be the cause of these problems. There are two publications and a video that we have developed to help people who think they or a loved one may have a hidden TBI.
The video reviews the experience of several people who have experienced brain injuries but didn’t realize the meaning of their injury for some time afterwards -- they had brain injuries with persisting problems but were unaware that the problems were triggered by car crashes, falls and the like.
An article was published in The Wall Street Journal in 2008, entitled "Studies Cite Head Injuries as Factor in Some Social Ills". Much of this article was based on research done at Mount Sinai. A second article on "hidden TBI" has been published in Cerebrum, a journal published by the Dana Foundation. Its title is "A Wound Obscure, Yet Serious".