TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) is a non-descriptive term. TBI can mean an individual is crippled, but whose brain works fine. Or a TBI recipient may be physically OK, but unable to talk or understand others. TBI's might have had a penetration of their skull, or they might not.
Despite the fact that TBIs are significantly different, medical personnel continue to group us together.
It's like using the term 'limb loss' every time you meet someone who has lost a leg, or a hand, or a foot, whatever. If you think that losing a hand is the same as losing an arm... or a leg... you are an idiot. Most of you know that that is not the same. Losing an arm is nothing like losing a leg. Medically speaking, they are the same: limb loss. But medical personnel rarely use that term. To do so would be rude and disrespectful. And stupid.
But in the TBI world, medical personnel group us together. All of us. Regardless of our conditions. While they do use the terms “mild”, ”medium” and ”severe”, they do not mention anything else. They only separates level of penetration. It does not explain the actual damage you are dealing with.
To make things worse, they have begun grouping TBI and PTSD.
Why? You might ask.
Doctors do not understand our brains. So when you have a brain injury, they group it as a TBI. That covers them. And that's important, you see. Doctors must be identified as “smart people”. To say “I don't know what has happened to your brain”, they are considered idiots.
Check out this slideshow, and you will get a few examples of different types of TBI.