What is

IBI?

Invisible Brain Injury

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Acquired Brain

INJURY

ABI can be caused by a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a stroke or other brain pathologies. It is much more than a problem of mobility There are other invisible consequences.

There are many invisible impairments resulting from Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) which can greatly affect the quality of life of individuals and their loved ones. These impairments are what we call IBI or Invisible Brain Injury. It is very important to know them and to be able to detect them properly.

Lesiones cerebrales. Asociación Daño Cerebral Invisible.

Not all disabilities

are visible

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Invisible

impairments

Some invisible symptoms that can affect us are fatigue, apathy, lack of flexibility, impulsiveness, changes in emotional sensitivity or expressiveness, divided attention, communication problems, etc.

In addition, we must not forget executive functions impairments, such as difficulties in organization and planning.

A good assessment and including invisible impairments rehabilitation will greatly help to rebuild ABI survivors identity.

If it is not done, people feel bad and also treat themselves worse, since they do not understand what is happening to them, nor do they receive treatment for it.

Some of the invisible impairments can be:

cognitive:

Attention, memory, executive functions difficulties, cognitive fatigue, slow information processing, organization and planning difficulties, lack of impairment awareness, visual agnosia…

behavioural

Lack of motor, impulsiveness, apathy, irritability. Mood or personality changes, aggressiveness.

emotional

Emotional inexpressiveness or emotional hypersensitivity. Lack of empathy, affective flattening. Sadness, extreme joy, sudden and unjustified mood swings.

Communicative

Aphasia: Losing the ability to speak, understand, read, or write.

physical

Auditory and optical hypersensitivity, sleep disturbance, vision problems.

PSYCHOLOGICAL

Difficulties in accepting and adapting to changes, mood disorders.

DISCOVER ibi

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Places of interest

There are many interesting places which can be of great help for people that suffer an acquired brain injury. Below we will list some of the most useful ones that we know of. We will keep expanding the list.

CEADAC

State Center for Attention to Acquired Brain Injury.

FEDACE

Spanish Federation of Brain Injury.

AFASIA ACTIVA

Association of people with aphasia and their rehabilitation.

BRAINING MUM

Association to support Parenting and mothers with ABI.

CEAPAT

State Reference Center for Personal Autonomy and Technical Assistance.

CERNEP

Neuropsychological Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center.

CLINICA PCH

Cognitive stimulation. Rehabilitation, neuropsychology and psychology.

CONVIVES CON ESPASTICIDAD

Association for the autonomy of people living with spasticity.

DEPORTE PARA DCA

Second Part Foundation.

DECEDARIO

The language stimulation board game.

FUNDACIÓN DACER

Brain Injury Foundation.

FUNDACIÓN SIN DAÑO

Meeting point around Childhood Sudden Brain Injury.

FRENO AL ICTUS

Foundation to reduce the impact of stroke.

GRUPO 5

Mental health, neurorehabilitation, etc.

HABLEMOS DE NEUROCIENCIA

Scientific dissemination for all audiences.

HIRU HAMABI

Childhood Acquired Brain Injury Association.

HOLA QUÉ TAL AFASIA

Association for the dissemination of Aphasia.

MUSICAVANZA

Music Association to convey the benefits of music in ABI rehabilitation.

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness for all audiences and also adapted to ABI.

NEUROFRIENDLY

Blog of the neurologist Mónica Kurtis.

NEUROLEGAL

Lawyers specialized in Brain Injury.

NEURON

Intensive neurological therapy.

NEUROVIDA

Day centers.

REINTEGRA

Neurological rehabilitation center in Oviedo.

SEREBROS

Chilean Acquired Brain Injury Portal.