If you or a loved one has experienced a brain injury, you may be wondering what the next step is. The first step in recovery should always be to seek medical attention and receive treatment as soon as possible. Once that course of action is taken, it’s important to consider mental rehabilitation. While many people think physical therapy after an injury for things like broken bones, they often neglect the importance of mental rehabilitation as well. This blog post will cover some basics about mental rehab and provide links at the end for more information on this topic if desired by readers.
What Is Mental Rehabilitation?
Mental rehabilitation, also known as psychosocial rehabilitation, and sometimes simplified by practitioners for psychological rehabilitation, is the method of returning a person afflicted with mental health or emotional illness to group stability and well-being. In this article, we will talk about mental rehabilitation and ReHaCom system features.
Brain damage is one of the most important causes of cognitive disorders. This condition, which is seen in a significant portion of patients who have had a serious head injury, negatively affects the quality of life of the person. Unlike diagnostic procedures, where the determination of cognitive performance level is the main target, rehabilitation programs aim to reduce the performance loss caused by brain damage. As in all rehabilitation works, the aim of Rehacom is to bring the person to the pre-traumatic state as much as possible, or if this is not possible, to a level where they can continue their daily life alone.
Brain Check Up and Mental Rehabilitation
It is a new treatment strategy for attention training in children and regaining lost or regressed mental abilities in adults. The brain ‘Check Up’ tries to understand the cerebral connections of symptoms such as forgetfulness, absent-mindedness, not being able to find what they are looking for, asking again, difficulty in reading comprehension, nervousness, personality change.
Structural status, functional status with mapping, mental, social and emotional skills with neuropsychological tests are measured with MRI. If there are deficiencies, a treatment protocol is prepared to increase the personal quality of life and to provide fluency and clarity of thought. Drug treatment, diet, memory training, stress management studies are planned. After head trauma and Alzheimer’s risk groups, a preventive support program is provided.
Computerized training modules and computerized cognitive tests are applied before and after treatment. Treatment results are tested. For this purpose, Schuhfried® Vienna Test and Treatment System is applied in some institutions.
The Mental Rehabilitation program, which is a part of the “Vienna Test System”, consists of “Computerized Training Modules”. ReHaCom is a mind development program. This program is aimed at the treatment of the diagnosis and is performed by applying a single program, sometimes two programs together, by 30 minutes or increasing or decreasing according to the patient.
Main Features of the ReHaCom System
• Providing the most efficient patient-therapist-computer interaction
• Meeting individual needs
• Adjusting the difficulty level of the applications
• Providing an effective feedback on performance and development status.
Areas Where ReHaCom Applications Are Active
- Attention, Concentration and Perseverance
- Memory and Learning Ability
- Reasoning Space Perception
- Reactive Behaviors
- Visual – Motor Coordination
- Visual – Structural Capabilities
- Problem Solving and Strategy Development
- Visual Field
In order to get the most effective efficiency from ReHaCom applications, it is necessary to undergo a detailed neuropsychological examination, which also examines the cognitive characteristics, and to create a general treatment plan planned according to this diagnosis.
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Last Updated on December 3, 2021 by William Lindberg