March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month: 53 Million Americans Are Impacted by Brain Injury

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  • (1888PressRelease) March 07, 2019 - Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and support the millions of Americans impacted by brain injury. The theme for the 2018-2019 awareness campaign is Change Your Mind.

    Every nine seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans live with brain injury-related disabilities at a cost exceeding $82 billion annually.

    There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic. There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries, such as: falls, sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, domestic violence, and gunshot wounds. Causes of non-traumatic brain injuries include stroke (hemorrhage, blood clot), infectious disease (meningitis, encephalitis), electric shock, toxic exposure and substance abuse/overdose.

    “It can happen to anyone. It happened to me,” said Dr. Diane, a greater Boston area neuropsychologist, board certified health psychologist, board certified sports psychologist and brain injury survivor. “When I sustained a brain injury almost three decades ago there was very little knowledge out there, so I fully appreciate the work Brain Injury Association of America does to further brain injury research, awareness, and treatment.”

    The Change Your Mind campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury and empower those who have survived. In addition, it brings awareness to the types of support and tools that are available for anyone to advocate for access to care after brain injury.

    “In 1990, my world changed in a blink of an eye. I went from managing a thriving private practice to a brain injured patient, fighting for survival,” explained Dr. Diane. “After my brain injury and subsequent brain surgery, I was not offered any type of rehabilitation. In fact, doctors told me I would not walk or talk again, but I found a way.”

    You can read Dr. Diane’s complete story at:

    Dr. Diane did regain her life and attributes this to the many alternative, complementary, and conventional treatment methods discussed in her latest book, Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

    You can purchase a signed copy of Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury at

    In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, proceeds from March 2019 book sales will be donated to the BIAA to support their mission to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.

    More information on Brain Injury Awareness Month, including how you can get involved, is available at

    About Dr. Diane®
    Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D., is a world-known neuropsychologist, board certified health psychologist, and board certified sports psychologist specializing in concussion and traumatic brain injury. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Diane® is an author, consultant, sought-after international speaker and expert witness providing expert testimony, forensic consulting and cost of care analysis. Dr. Diane is also a brain injury survivor.

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