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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI ) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) have been getting a great deal of attention in the past few years, and for good reasons. Are they related?
Approximately a decade ago I communicated with a Dr. Mark Gordon who was just starting to develop his thoughts and protocol regarding the association between TBI, and PTSD, or more accurately, TBI causing hormonal dysfunction leading to symptoms that are misdiagnosed as PTSD. What Dr. Gordon has termed TBI – Hormone Dysfunction Syndrome.
Basic premise is, TBI causes damage/dysfunction of the pituitary and other areas of the brain with resulting alteration in specific hormones, which can manifest as very similar to PTSD. According to Gordon: ”Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is now recognized as a causative factor for hormonal deficiencies associated with personality changes. Psychological, Physiological, and Physical manifestations like; depression, anxiety, mood swings, bouts of anger, memory loss, inability to concentrate, learning disabilities, sleep deprivation, increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, loss of libido, menstrual irregularities, pre-mature menopause, obesity, loss of lean body mass, muscular weakness, and a number of other medical conditions can arise subsequent to head trauma.”