Emotional Processing for Brain Injuries

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Effectiveness
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Safety
Kessler Foundation, East Hanover, NJ
Brain Injuries+2 More
Emotional Processing - Behavioral
Eligibility
< 18
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
Brain Injuries

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a program which helps children process emotions may help children with a traumatic brain injury.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Brain Injuries
  • Brain Injuries, Traumatic
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Estimate

1 of 3

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Emotional Processing will improve 1 primary outcome in patients with Brain Injuries. Measurement will happen over the course of 8 weeks.

8 weeks
Facial Identification Task

Trial Safety

Safety Estimate

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Control intervention
Emotional Processing
Placebo group

This trial requires 45 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Emotional Processing is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. Some patients will receive a placebo treatment. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Emotional Processing
Behavioral
The intervention looks at emotional processing of face interpretation.
Control intervention
Behavioral
The control group is seeing the same faces and are asked questions regarding them.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 8 weeks
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 8 weeks for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
J. L.
Jean Lengenfelder, Assistant Director
Kessler Foundation

Closest Location

Kessler Foundation - East Hanover, NJ

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and younger. There are 2 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
The text states that a person must have a sustained a TBI at least 1 year ago in order to participate in the study show original
The children are aged nine and seventeen and they are able to speak and read English fluently. show original

Patient Q&A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Does brain injuries run in families?

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In a sample of family members of patients with brain injuries, there were no significant associations between genetic influences and family size in this unselected sample of patients with brain injuries. This conclusion was shared by both men and women. It remains to be determined whether there are specific factors that may be responsible for the sex difference.

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What is brain injuries?

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Brain injuries, which can include, but are not limited to, traumatic, ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, traumatic encephalitis, multiple sclerosis and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy can cause a wide variety of disorders, including intellectual disability, dementia or schizophrenia if left untreated.\n

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What are the signs of brain injuries?

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Neurological signs of brain injuries include decreased level of consciousness, decreased level of eye movement, and seizures. These can occur with severe brain injury or may be seen months after brain injury has been sustained. Seizures occur as part of the medical conditions associated with penetrating trauma or from head injury. Seizures also occur with brain tumor and with some drugs (such as anticonvulsants), so it can be difficult to tell if you have had a seizure or had just a high seizure. A person's signs and symptoms of a brain injury, such as seizure activity, will look different in each victim.

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How many people get brain injuries a year in the United States?

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Based on ICD-9-CM-CM, 9% of all US hospital discharge codes with a principal diagnosis of brain injury have a secondary diagnosis for intracerebral hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, while other brain injury causes totaled 1.2% of all brain injury diagnoses.

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What causes brain injuries?

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Severe brain injuries are very different from mild brain injuries. Severe brain injuries are typically caused by external objects, whereas mild injuries are generally thought to be caused by the sudden application of force. Results from a recent clinical trial provides an updated understanding of the causes of brain trauma.

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What are common treatments for brain injuries?

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Most commonly treated brain injuries include headache, vomiting, seizures, and psychosis. Antisense medications (both in vitro and as in vivo), neuroleptic medications, surgery, and medical therapies are commonly used, though not all available protocols are supported by high-quality evidence.

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Can brain injuries be cured?

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The current research establishes that in our study, the long-term results of an experimental treatment can be significantly enhanced if a pre-existing brain injury is present. Thus, in the presence of one brain injury the results of the treatment in the second injury in our model were significantly improved compared with the control situation.

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What is the latest research for brain injuries?

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New treatments are emerging for non-traumatic brain injury (NBI) and some are being tested in clinical trials. They seem to be underused, since many people with NBI go to their doctors unnecessarily and receive unnecessary treatments; so the health-care system must update its treatment guidelines so that these new treatments will be more widely available, [with the support of the NIH]. If you have had a TBI that caused you a long, disabling disability, you should probably get treatment for a non-TNBI to see if the improvements in the function of your brain will help.

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Does emotional processing improve quality of life for those with brain injuries?

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Findings suggest that the emotional processing intervention significantly enhanced the QoL of patients with traumatic brain injury and increased their willingness to engage in their day-to-day activities more positively..

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Has emotional processing proven to be more effective than a placebo?

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Given the lack of any significant and statistically significant differences between the group with and without the treatment, the researchers concluded that there is no scientific proof that the method is more effective in the treatment of CII, but they confirmed the therapeutic effect of emotional processing.

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What is the primary cause of brain injuries?

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The most important determinants of brain injury incidence in a community sample were gender, age, and pre-existing conditions, but we did not observe an association between injury incidence and pre-existing conditions, the presence of a chronic condition, preexisting psychiatric disorders, or alcohol or marijuana abuse. Given that the risk of brain injury is increasing, clinicians should be aware of the importance of detecting and addressing pre-existing conditions, use of alcohol and marijuana, and psychiatric disorders in the primary care setting.

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What are the common side effects of emotional processing?

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The findings highlight the possible detrimental effects of emotional processing on brain injury and highlight the importance of recognizing and controlling these possible side effects.

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