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New study shows value of cognitive training after brain injury

Researchers are always seeking -- and finding -- new ways to help people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brain injuries impact a myriad brain functions that control cognitive ability as well as emotions. Among the debilitating symptoms that people with TBIs often experience is depression.

A recently published study shows the significant positive impact of cognitive training on symptoms of depression in TBI patients. The study involved 79 people who had suffered a TBI at least six months prior. Of those, 53 were identified as suffering from depression.

Over two months, participants worked in small groups that required social interaction to complete projects. They were also given homework assignments and quizzes. Brain scans were conducted before the training, immediately after completion and then three months later to measure changes in neural network connectivity and brain structure.

All of the participants who were identified as depressed showed a reduction in the symptoms that impacted their ability to function in their daily lives as well as their cognitive abilities. The study's author credits the reduction in these symptoms to the social interactions, the cognitive stimulation created by having to learn new things and also the prospect of improvement provided by the training programs used in the study.

One expert in treating brain injury says, "Identifying what changes are happening in the brain when interventions successfully reduce depressive symptoms could allow us to create more effective, pharmaceutical-free approaches to help alleviate depression in people who experience chronic traumatic brain injury symptoms."

People who have suffered a TBI often live with the effects of the injury for many years. Some symptoms don't manifest until months or even longer after the initial injury. It's important to have access to treatments that can improve a TBI sufferer's quality of life. That's why it's essential that if your TBI was the result of someone else's actions or negligence, you explore your legal options for seeking compensation.

Source: PsychCentral, "Cognitive Training May Improve Depression, Brain Health After Brain Injury," Traci Pedersen, accessed June 11, 2018

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