Welcome to Brain Interrupted

Brain Interrupted is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

This site will hopefully be useful to physicians, neuropsychologists, psychologists, educators, parents, family members and friends of a person with a TBI, and to anyone who has a TBI.

My son John suffered a TBI at age three. It remained undiagnosed for sixteen years because the medical professionals and school systems we encountered were unaware of the symptoms and presentations of a traumatic brain injury. That delay in diagnosis led to educational, psychological and social difficulties for John which, unaddressed and untreated, ultimately resulted in his death.

If you have a TBI, or if you are a parent, teacher, medical professional, relative or friend and are concerned about symptoms and problems that have no good explanation, or if you are trying to understand why an individual suddenly exhibits behavioral changes, and has problems in thinking, paying attention and learning, this site may be useful to you.

A major goal of this website is to help you determine if the symptoms described above could be due to a brain injury sustained as a result of a blow to the head. This may occur despite the lack of obvious external trauma, such as when a person walks away from an accident with no obvious sign of injury. Traumatic brain injury could be the result of a playground mishap, a fall, a car crash, or violence in the home or on the street. TBI can also result from a child being shaken in infancy or as a toddler.

It is important to recognize that a seemingly innocuous head injury in childhood may be easily forgotten or even unobserved. The same is true for adults. Therefore, if symptoms of TBI as described in this website are observed, the individual should be carefully evaluated for possible diagnosis of traumatic brain injury.

This website is divided into two sections:

  • General information about TBI, which may help you in recognizing your symptoms or those of someone you know; and
  • John's story, which illustrates how TBI presented itself in the life of one child and family.