Each year millions of patients are diagnosed with acquired brain injuries, such as concussion, strokes and brain tumors. For these patients, brain rehabilitation is an important part of their recovery. Mayo Clinic researchers found that improvement of mood over the course of post-acute brain rehabilitation is associated with increased participation in day-to-day activities, independent living and ability to work after rehabilitation is complete.
Thomas Bergquist, Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic’s departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Psychiatry and Psychology, says, “People should not ignore psychological issues, such as mood swings or ability to communicate with family members. Comprehensive brain rehabilitation can address both physical and personal problems to help improve outcomes for patients, including improved physical function, the ability to live independently and maintain a job.”
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