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Brain injury and emotion: An overview to a special issue on biopsychosocial approaches in neurorehabilitation

Much of what happens in neurorehabilitation involves work with, and through, the emotional crises of brain injury survivors and their families. Indeed, referrals to outpatient and outreach programmes are not often on the basis of a neurological issue or goal, but due to lack of insight, development of mood problems, chemical dependency, or family disintegration (see Harris, 1997). The importance of addressing the emotional needs of brain injured groups was highlighted by a recent large-scale population-based study by Teasdale and Engberg (2001). They found that people who suffer brain injuries are at particular risk of suicide. Calls have, subsequently, been made for more effective identification and treatment of mental health issues in brain injured groups (Lewis, 2001).