Source: Definition of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Developed by the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the Head Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
J Head Trauma Rehabil 1993:8(3):86-87
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There are many ways to categorize brain injury symptoms, with the most accepted in concussion cases to be a dichotomy between neurological and neurobehavioral. The problem we have with this distinction, is that it is based upon the assumption that certain symptoms have an organic cause and that the balance have a psychogenic cause.
We do not believe that most cognitive and emotional issues can be classified as strictly psychogenic, as they are the natural and expected consequence of a clear cut physical pathology, which in most concussion cases, is damage to neural connectors as a result of diffuse axonal injury. Further, we find that most symptoms are caused by an interplay of neurological, cognitive and emotional responses to such deficits and that headache and sleep disturbance cannot be pigeonholed into even these three categories.
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