December 2, 2016
When Kate was 19 years old, she was in a bad car accident and had to be rescued with the Jaws of Life. She says she lost consciousness for a significant amount of time and believes she may have had a severe concussion. She says after, she became an alcoholic for 10 years and now lives in a house filled with piles and piles of stuff, which she says she just can’t seem to clean up. She says she may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, which could possibly be causing her “hoarding” behavior.
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Dr. Al Johnson, of Johnson Medical Associates, and Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board and co-founder of Lawlis-Peavey PNP Center, shed light on how Kate’s brain may have suffered during the trauma, and how she may be able to revitalize it.
Dr. Johnson explains how a traumatic brain injury may be affecting Kate’s behavior. “When you have a traumatic brain injury, it affects the cells, it affects how a person behaves, it affects the brain hormones and they become nonfunctional with lack of motivation, lack of focus, lack of energy,” he says. He adds that he uses hyperbaric oxygen treatment to help revitalize brain cells.
Dr. Phil explains, “When some of these areas are impacted, then that’s going to express itself in your problem-solving, your problem-recognition, your motivation, your emotion.” He adds that with the proper treatment, a person’s brain functioning may return.
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Dr. Lawlis explains that there are some exercises Kate can do to get her brain “awake.”
“What may be happening now is basically a level of inflammation, and as Dr. Johnson pointed out, that this hyperbaric chamber can help resolve,” Dr. Lawlis says. “There are certain exercises that can stimulate the regrowth of nerve cells, the reconnection of nerve cells and we can combine those things with hyperbaric chamber so that they can basically revive her brain back to function.”
Dr. Phil tells Kate, “There’s some real hope and help here for changing some of these things in non-invasive ways.”
Dr. Johnson and Dr. Lawlis agree to evaluate Kate and set up a protocol to help her make changes.
This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Watch more here.