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House the Homeless Survey Links Traumatic Brain Injury to Homelessness

AUSTIN, Texas, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

Since 1997 House the Homeless, Inc. has been conducting various surveys focused on the condition of homelessness. The present survey specifically focuses on historical symptoms and indicators found within the pool of people experiencing homelessness.

By all indications, there are a significant number of these symptoms and indicators present. This suggests a strong possible linkage between past head trauma and people who now find themselves homeless on the streets of America.

The survey can be found at goo.gl/oKwlmJ.

People growing up in America, as a matter of normal daily activity, have experienced rough and tumble activity or play. Additionally, many people have often engaged in formal or informal contact sports (often without protective headgear).

Our purpose in surveying adults in the general homeless population is to determine if there might be indicators or symptoms that point to past head trauma. This is significant when looking at the 2010 House the Homeless, Health Survey, http://goo.gl/6pydpv, when we learned that 49% of people experiencing homelessness, by their own self-reporting, have become so disabled that they cannot work a full 40 hour a week job.

It is also clear that little is known and very few steps have been taken to prevent head injuries that affect the brain. It was only as recently as 1943 that the National Football League, NFL, began to require helmets.

While their design has helped prevent skull fractures we have only recently come to realize the inherent irony that while a good helmet can help a race car driver or a fullback from cracking their skull open, a closed head injury can cause severe brain damage. Post trauma, the closed skull cannot yield to the expanding brain and permanent damage can occur. So collapsible fins encased in double hulled layers with a cushioned outer covering are being explored even as this press release is being launched.

But what about jungle gyms and falling out of tree injuries? Until we understand the nature of these injuries, we will not know their suspected connections with Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, memory problems, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and even Bi-polar Disorder, etc. All of the debilitating conditions share neurotransmitter disruption. Perhaps the high level of indicators found within the population point to a possible cause of homelessness.