Recognize and Treat Traumatic Brain Injury


Millions of Americans will suffer brain injuries this year, and many of them will need a psychiatrist’s help.


March is brain injury awareness month. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 3 million individuals a year suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and psychiatric disturbances are the most-common long-term effects of these injuries.

In this edition of Psych Pearls, we speak to David Arciniegas, MD, about how to spot TBI and its psychiatric sequalae—and how to give effective treatment.

Dr Arciniegas is professor and senior research neuropsychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is director of research at the Marcus Institute for Brain health and editor of the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.

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