Accession Number : AD1007724

Title :   Post traumatic Headache and Psychological Health: Mindfulness Training for Mild TraumaticBrain Injury

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,27 Sep 2014,26 Sep 2015

Corporate Author : University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill United States

Personal Author(s) : Ford ,Sutapa

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Report Date : 01 Oct 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : Traumatic brain injury has been coined the signature injury of OIF/OEF, with posttraumatic headache being a cardinal symptom found to be as high as 36 of soldiers with MTBI. Combat-related headaches are undertreated, associated with high sick calls, missed days, negative psychological/mood states, and impair overall quality of life. Comorbid anxiety, depression, PTSD and other psychological, psychosocial, and health stressors portend poorer TBI/headache outcomes, supporting the need for integrative health care. Development, evaluation, and integration of a specialized posttraumatic headache treatment program into a comprehensive TBI rehabilitation effort is critical to restoration of function, health, and quality of life of our soldiers. This project addresses multiple FY09 TBI/PH topic areas by validating an evidence-based, mind-body approach for prevention and treatment of post-TBI headache, stress, and associated psychological health issues in order to restore function, enhance wellbeing, prevent post-TBI headache chronification, develop psychological resilience, and promote long-standing health benefits. The focus of this project is on evaluation of mindfulness based stress reduction as one, potentially critical component of a comprehensive rehabilitative effort for this group of MTBI patients.

Descriptors :   BRAIN INJURIES , Headaches , MILITARY PERSONNEL , therapeutics , prevention , mental health , Stress(Psychology) , Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , mindfulness

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE