Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD

Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
5) Drunk or Brain Injury? Can You Tell the difference?
Just as those with conditions such as dyslexia used to be labelled as stupid, until it’s existence was better recognised. Some survivors who are trying to lead a normal life are being mistaken for being drunk. This can result in them being asked to leave pubs/bars, or even being arrested.

Why brain injury survivors are being mistaken for being drunk.

Staff in the hospitality sector have seen all too often the affects of intoxication. And they are left with the responsibility of trying to manage customers and stop serving them alcohol before it affects their behaviour too badly. Unfortunately, frequently this is without having the opportunity to get to know the individual. So mistakes happen. Even the police can make the same errors. There have been cases of brain injury survivors being arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

The problem is, as with other medical conditions, having a brain injury can mimic drunk behaviour.

Read this short British article and check out the infographic,    CLICK HERE

Similar to those mentioned in the article, we also have Brain Injury ID cards, courtesy of the Law Offices of Fick & May .

Email us your mailing address and we can send you one right away CLICK HERE .
TEDx Liege
Steven Laureys MD PhD , is director of the Coma Science Group ( at the GIGA Research and Neurology Department of the University and University Hospital of Liège, Belgium. He is Research Director at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research and board-certified in neurology and in palliative medicine. He is President Elect of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and Chair of the World Federation of Neurology Applied Research Group on Coma

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at m/tedx .

To see this terrific TEDx talk.  CLICK HERE. 
What a great way to wind down Summer, crank up Fall, and help us start a new BIAMD tradition full of food, folks, and fun.

Check out the Key Brewery's Taphouse , pick crabs to your heart's content, maybe win some prizes, and doing it all for a great cause. 

This event is designed to support the Brain Injury Association's Maryland Brain Injury Connection Center (1.800.221.6443) which receives over 300 calls a month from all over the country.

Please join us at this inaugural BIAMD party! 

September 10, 2017
1 - 4 pm

2500 Grays Road
Dundalk, MD 21222


All-You-Can-Eat Crabs
Crab Soup
Hot Dogs
Barbeque Chicken
Green Salad
Baked Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Soft Drinks
Beer & Wine for Purchase


Early-Bird Pricing: (Until 11:30 PM, August 28, 2017)
Individuals: $65.00
Table of 8: $400.00
CREDIT Chris Crisman

One day in January 2007, a US federal government construction contractor called Doug Reitmeyer arrived at the offices of a brain-fitness software company called Posit Science, in downtown San Francisco. Reitmeyer's son, Ryan, had had a devastating boat accident two years earlier. At about 9.45pm, four of Ryan's friends had asked him to take them back to their car across the lake. Ryan, 29, was driving the small Sea Ray boat across lake Travis, a reservoir on the Colorado River in Texas, when it collided with a ten-metre black Carver cabin cruiser that had no lights on. The Sea Ray's five occupants went overboard and Ryan's head was crushed between the two boats. Surgery to remove the shattered bone that had pierced his brain lasted several hours and he was in a coma for two weeks. Surgeons had to remove part of his brain's frontal lobes, leaving him with an indentation in his head, where parts of his brain and skull were missing.

When Doug Reitmeyer asked the surgeon if he could save his son's life, the surgeon said that he could, but that Ryan would probably never be able to speak or live independently again.
Reitmeyer was willing to prove the medics wrong, so he took early retirement and dedicated his life to helping his son make a full recovery. 

To see what happened next, please read this inspirational article,  CLICK HERE .  
 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...
We often think the key to success and satisfaction is to get more: more money, time, and possessions; bigger budgets, job titles, and teams; and additional resources for our professional and personal goals. It turns out we’re wrong.
Using captivating stories to illustrate research in psychology and management, Rice University professor Scott Sonenshein examines why some people and organizations succeed with so little, while others fail with so much.

People and organizations approach resources in two different ways: “chasing” and “stretching.” When chasing, we exhaust ourselves in the pursuit of more. When stretching, we embrace the resources we already have. This frees us to find creative and productive ways to solve problems, innovate, and engage our work and lives more fully.

Stretch  shows why everyone—from executives to entrepreneurs, professionals to parents, athletes to artists—performs better with constraints; why seeking too many resources undermines our work and well-being; and why even those with a lot benefit from making the most out of a little.

For The Book,  CLICK HERE.
  (If you decide to buy anything mentioned in #5ThoughtsFriday, don't forget to use  Amazon Smile  and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you

HEADWAY: BIAMD's eNewsletter is Online!
Check it Out by CLICKING HERE !

We are very excited to provide you an update on all that's been going on at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland and events happening in the near future!   

September 6-7, 2017

201 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care.

Established in 2016, BrainFutures is a non-profit organization providing a "one-stop-shop" for rigorous and unbiased information about advances in brain health resulting from breakthroughs in understanding neuroplasticity of the brain. We focus on two key areas:

Advances in treatments and programs that produce superior results combining digital therapies and new medications with self-care strategies including mindfulness, exercise, diet and fitness.

Digital and self-care strategies involving brain fitness that strengthen neural networks, and improve brain health and functioning.

For more informaiton, or to Register, CLICK HERE. 
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