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The Brain Dialogues: Lin Haag

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY 101: UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS AND HOW TO HELP

December 5, 2018

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a leading cause of disability in Canada and is more prevalent than breast cancer, spinal cord injury, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis combined. Despite its prevalence, a lack of knowledge and understanding of TBI often leads to misdiagnosis and inadequate support. This results in higher rates of mental illness, poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. Lin Haag, a PhD student at Wilfrid Laurier University, hopes to raise awareness by helping people understand the cause of TBI, how it can be identified and what the road to recovery looks like, including the unique challenges experienced by girls, women and people in vulnerable positions.