Certain Head Injuries

Certain Head Injuries – Client Stories

Over the last two years Prescott Brain Integration has started seeing people with certain head injuries who have issues similar to the ADD/ADHD clients we routinely see, and we are now convinced that this is a population for which Brain Integration Technique can be life changing.  This is particularly true for people who have had concussions and now have Post Concussive Syndrome.

 

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Read these Google+ Reviews from clients with head injuries:

Tayla Wy, One Year Ago

I received help from Dr Lyn about 6 months ago for a traumatic brain injury I had several years ago. Growing up I did well in school and never seemed to have much trouble with it, but about my junior year of high school I suffered from a terrible concussion, but it wasn’t until college that I noticed the full side effects from the trauma. I had so much trouble staying focused in my classes, committing myself to finishing assignments, I grew tried during reading and I could not retain anything to save my life. I constantly found myself rereading paragraphs to try and remember what information I had just read; this was my most concerning issue following my brain injury. Dr. Lynn had informed me upon our first meeting and overview of my problems areas, that had I gone to a general practioner for help, I would have been diagnosed with ADD, rather than a traumatic brain injury, since the symtoms are so similar. I knew Brain Integration was my solution, as opposed to being diagnosed with ADD and taking medication for it, since before my injury I never experienced any of these problems. After seeking Dr. Lynn’s help, and completing the Brain Integration Therapy, I noticed a major change. All the things I noticed I had trouble with before, rereading paragraphs, trouble focusing, drowsiness, were all solved and fixed through the therapy. The best part was that other things I never even knew I had trouble with were fixed as well, for example I noticed in sports I was so much sharper and could make decisions so much faster than before, with writing, ideas and thoughts seemed to flow much easier from my mind to paper and now I am able to sit down and focus on tasks and assignments for longer periods without having to take a break or finding myself drift off, I’m able to recite numbers and symbols in my mind so easy compared to the trouble I had before. The lasting effects of Brain Integration Therapy are stunning. Going through the therapy was an amazing experience and I am so thankful and appreciative for it. Dr. Lynn creates a wonderfully peaceful and accepting environment that is so highly focused on progress and overcoming the obstacles in our mind, I highly recommend seeking the help of Dr. Lynn and going through Brain Integration Therapy. It is a life-long solution and adjustment; it really changes your brain forever.

Joyce Graham, One Year Ago

My husband had an auto accident in 2013, and suffered from a traumatic brain injury. He has not been the same since. He has been to see all kinds of doctors, with little results. He was just coping with his situation. He was recommended to see Lynn Leu for treatment. After 12 hours of therapy, he says is back to his old self, and says he feels better than before the accident. Lynn even helped him with issues he had for many years, even before the accident. Thank you Lynn for giving me my husband back.

Sandra Dana, Two Years Ago

As a 76 year old woman suffering from an oxygen deprivation episode after surgery, I have had symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and comprehension/recall for over a year. After speaking with one of Lynn’s client’s, I thought BIT might improve my situation. I couldn’t be more pleased. After my two day session, my symptoms of anxiety and PTSD have lessened significantly – all without drugs. I feel calm. I can enjoy reading again and maintain my focus. I can’t thank Lynn enough for the peace she has brought back into my life and would highly recommend this therapy to anyone dealing with these issues!

 

 

Client Stories…

 

Matthew – Adult Traumatic Brain Injury & PTSD

Matthew spent eight years in the U.S. Army. He came home from Iraq a wounded warrior, with a disability due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and pain from physical injuries. Three years later, after trying many different powerful medications with difficult side effects, he came to Prescott Brain Integration.

 

One of Matthew’s biggest concerns was his extreme lack of short-term memory. He couldn’t remember what people said even minutes after they said it. He reported that his wife (also his caretaker) had to tape notes everywhere and repeat herself constantly. He tried to take a course at local college but couldn’t remember anything once he left the classroom.

 

Matthew gave up reading because he couldn’t see the point anymore. He immediately forgot whatever he read. He also reported issues with focus, concentration, impulsivity, impatience, leaving projects incomplete, poor balance, and clumsiness.    PTSD issues haunted him.

 

During our initial assessment, Matthew’s difficulty with short-term memory was apparent in his great difficulty in remembering numbers forwards or backwards – he performed at about a first grade level. His reading out loud was hesitant, choppy, and he stumbled frequently over common words. Worse, he could remember very little if anything of what he read.

 

By the afternoon of the second and last day, things had changed dramatically. This is what Matthew told me:

 

I could hardly believe it when I did the numbers backward thing again today and now I can do six. I could only do two yesterday. Having a “mind’s eye” is an amazing thing. I could see the numbers in my mind and read them backwards. After the coding exercise, I could remember all nine symbols I had used, even though no one asked me to memorize them. My brain just did it for me. And hours later I could still remember all of them. Truly amazing!

My voice was strong and confident when I read, and I could read quickly with no stumbling at all. I remembered almost everything. I can’t wait to go back to school next month with my new brain. I know I’m going to have a very different experience.

I had lunch with my wife in the middle of the day today. I told her this was just amazing. My head is clearer than it’s ever been. My brain seems more organized. My wife referred to something at lunch that she had told me in 5AM this morning, and I immediately remembered the whole conversation, something I definitely couldn’t do before.

I’ve tried a lot of things since I came back from Iraq, and I’ve done everything I was supposed to do, but I never saw a change. The change from Brain Integration is very tangible, and very clear.

I’m not feeling chaotic inside. The flow is great. This morning I did everything in a relaxed and happy way without a break. I knew I could do what needed doing, and I got all three kids and myself up, fed and ready to go in 30 minutes. I had time to play with them before we left. The day before, the same routine had taken me 90 minutes, and I was stressed and a little anxious the whole time.

Last night I went to a meeting with some other combat vets, and I helped to put the folding chairs away in their rack. I didn’t have my usual clumsiness with this task. I put the chairs on the rack smoothly and easily without losing my balance or bumping into anything.

 

Two weeks later:
 

I’m doing really well, definitely better! Everything I told you before is still true. My memory works! I’m excited about going back to school, now that I see that I can learn and retain new information.

With PTSD, what I notice most is that while I am is still on “high alert”, now I have time to analyze what’s actually going on before I react, which is definitely new for me. Before I would react first, and then assess what was happening. I’m pretty calm, not chaotic.

What I want to say to other veterans is that Lynn is a down-to-earth person, not judgmental, and she creates a safe environment that is comfortable and casual and supportive. I’m recommending this to other combat veterans I know with these kinds of issues.

 

 

 

Kathleen Gillis, MBA – Adult Post Concussive Syndrome

In June of 2009 Kathleen suffered a concussion with severe and lasting after effects that have been well documented by both a neurologist and a psychologist. In November of 2012 she came for Brain Integration Technique (BIT), with particular concern about her continuing inability to focus, her lack of short term memory, her anxiety, her difficulty in finding words, and her fear of falling or leaving her home.

 

Two months later Kathleen reported in on what had changed for her after Brain Integration, and she encouraged me to share her report so that other people with lasting problems after a concussion could benefit from her experience. I sent my summary of her verbal report to her for review, and Kathleen replied:

 

Lynn, I find your summary a very accurate representation of our follow up meeting and most importantly the significant and in some cases dramatic improvement in my post concussion symptoms. I am very grateful to you for your work and for taking me on as your patient for BIT. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone living with long-standing post concussion symptoms. You and BIT have given me an opportunity to lead a more normal life and return to the higher functioning person who existed before my injury. Bless you!

 

Here is the summary of her report:

 

Kathleen started out by saying that since Brain Integration in November she is definitely able to focus, and to follow though and complete tasks. She sees this difference both at work and at home. An example at home: she had a very busy day ahead and company coming for dinner, and was able to decide the night before to get up early to give herself two hours to clean, and then stay on task to complete these tasks and still get to work on time, all without becoming anxious or overwhelmed. An example at work: she recently attended a seminar and was able to concentrate and remain engaged all day, experiencing no issue with short attention span.

 

Kathleen is rarely dropping or searching for words, and is now feeling confident that she can participate in a conversation in a normal way, even in banter with her quick talking family. She can remember phone numbers again and is not reversing numbers. She recalled a friend’s phone number three days after having written it down.

 

Kathleen has not had any issues with stumbling, falling or being “off balance” since she was here, although she said before we started BIT that this was a major issue for her. When I spoke with her in January she was startled to realize that she had forgotten that this used to be a significant problem for her!

 

She is happier and less anxious, since she sees that she can perform well at work (even with all of the recent conflicts and chaos in her work environment), and because her two main fears (leaving her house, and falling), which we worked with while she was here, are not haunting her now. She easily left her house to travel to Denver recently (“I just did what I had to do without finding reasons not to leave or being afraid that I had forgotten something important”), and she spent many hours each day walking in snow and ice without worrying about falling.

 

Her ability to remember what she reads when reading silently more than doubled after BIT. And when reading out loud, she went from slow, stumbling, effortful reading to easy flow with no stumbling. She reports now that her ability to remember what she reads continues to be “way up.”

 

Kathleen reports that her impulsivity is remarkably better, especially around spending money, as is her connection of cause and effect. She is more able to plan what she is doing, for example not going out for drinks with her daughter when invited (as she would have done previously), because she knows she would not feel well the next day. Nor is she overwhelmed by the condition of her house anymore, since she has been able to “do things systematically and get things organized.”

 

 

Pam Wagner – Adult Post Concussive Syndrome

Pam’s story is self-explanatory:

 

While climbing down a ladder after a simple home repair, I fell backward off the third rung and hit my head on the tile kitchen floor. The emergency room doctor called my immobilizing headache and severe vertigo “post concussive syndrome.”

After several days I could finally get out of bed, but whenever I tried to walk, the world spun around me and the ground undulated under my feet. I couldn’t navigate familiar surroundings without help or take a shower without clinging to the grab bar. My vision was way off. My eyes wouldn’t focus and stationary objects jumped around when I moved. Driving was out of the question; as a passenger, the scenery rushed up to meet me at a supernatural speed and I had to close my eyes. I couldn’t even walk my dog.

I felt detached and outside of my world, as if I was in a bubble looking out at a movie. I sometimes had trouble processing what people meant when they spoke to me. I was unable to perform my job as a social worker, which requires driving, and had to take an indefinite leave of absence.

What was perhaps worst of all is that the two neurologists and another physician with whom I consulted said there was nothing that could be done to speed up the process of healing, and that it might take four to six months or more. I knew there were cases in which it took years. I had lost my independence and the ability to live my life.

After six weeks of frustration and misery, a friend suggested I try Brain Integration Technique. I made an appointment for two consecutive days at Prescott Brain Integration, hoping this technique would reduce some of the symptoms. By the end of the second day, my symptoms vanished!

Today, the floor and the rest of the world stay in place when I walk and ride in a car. In fact, to my husband’s amazement, I drove home from my second appointment with ease and confidence. My eyes focus normally. I can take a shower without thinking about my balance. My dog appreciates those long walks to which he was accustomed before I fell. I have no difficulties understanding what people are saying. And, unexpectedly, I feel a familiar wonder for nature again that I didn’t realize I had lost after the fall.

I am in my world again! Without a doubt, brain integration successfully addresses the physical and emotional symptoms of post concussive syndrome. Equally as important, it restores autonomy and hope. Everyone with post concussive syndrome should know about this! – Pam Wagner

 

 Several Months Later:
After checking in with Pam, I want to emphasize that physically recovering fully from brain injury takes time, usually more than expected. Although Pam was driving and was back at work, and the primary issues we worked on when she was here remained resolved, she was still experiencing fatigue and headaches and some vertigo when overtired. This is the part that takes time and rest!