Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Concussion

Categories: Brain Injury

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder. Symptoms of PTSD include:
  • high levels of anxiety
  • avoidance of events associated with the trauma
  • re-experiencing of the traumatic event
Various forms of supportive, behavioral therapies are the treatments of choice for PTSD. Although generally associated with the trauma experienced by war veterans (the term originated in the 1970s to describe the symptoms of some Vietnam veterans), PTSD can accompany a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in some individuals.
At the May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders in Brockton, Mass., we treat students who have PTSD symptoms with individualized therapy, while we address any deficits they may have associated with their brain injuries in our structured school and residential program.
To learn more about PTSD, visit the Help Guide website.
Concussions result from trauma to the brain and produce a combination of symptoms. These can include:
  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • difficulty concentrating
  • problems with balance
Concussions are temporary. The symptoms can last anywhere from a few minutes to weeks. For more information about concussion in children, visit the Boston Children’s Hospital website.
Brain injuries are long-term and do not tend to get better with time (without focused treatment). For more information about brain injuries, download our factsheet.

Gary Pace, Ph.D., BCBA-D
For more information, call 800-778-7601.