Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in difficulties with daily functioning, such as managing money or medications, and in problems with thinking, such as planning or organizing one's behavior. This type of thinking is named executive functioning. Its interaction is unknown following combat-related TBI in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We studied 15 Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans with combat-related TBI and comorbid PTSD. We found that post-TBI difficulty with executive functioning as measured by a brief clock drawing task was associated with problems with daily functioning regardless of their PTSD. While larger confirmatory studies are needed, this finding could help healthcare providers identify Active Duty servicemembers and veterans in need of more extensive evaluation.
Volume 47 Number 9, 2010
Pages 841 — 850
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