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What is Initiation Deficit After a TBI?

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Understanding the Secondary Conditions of a TBI

After sustaining a traumatic brain injury, it’s not uncommon to have secondary conditions after the injury has occurred. Depression, seizures, memory issues, poor balance, and loss of sensation can all be caused by a TBI. Although you may not be familiar with initiation deficit, it’s a common condition associated with a traumatic brain injury. Here’s what you need to know.

How Do You Know if You Have Initiation Deficit?

Initiation deficit is a frontal lobe problem. The frontal lobe controls things like voluntary movement, planning, attention, motivation, and memory. If you’ve sustained a TBI and you find it difficult to start doing any type of task or feel unmotivated to begin, you may have initiation deficit. For example, you may have more trouble starting tasks like making an important phone call to your bank, taking out the garbage, or folding your laundry. The good news is that there are treatments available to mitigate this condition. Read on to learn more about the treatments and therapies for initiation deficit.

How is Initiation Deficit Managed?

A cognitive rehabilitation specialist or occupational therapist may be able to help TBI patients reduce the effects of initiation deficit. While strategies used to manage initiation deficit varies with each person, therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, occupational therapy may be used. People with initiation deficit may also be able to do some management on their own with the following techniques:

  • Create a routine.
  • Set alarms for tasks.
  • Use visual reminders (to-do lists or using sticky notes).

When You Suffer A TBI After A Car Crash, We Are Here For You.

Traumatic brain injuries are serious — and when the negligent actions of another party cause it, it can make the ordeal much more difficult to endure. If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a severe motor vehicle accident, our team of experienced attorneys is ready to fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. When you need to focus on your injuries, we’ll be your advocates in protecting your right to receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.

Contact Meyerkord & Kurth today at (800) 391-4318 to learn more about filing a car accident claim.

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