Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs as a result of sudden damage to the brain. The American Association of Neurological Surgery explains that TBI “is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain that can be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head, the head suddenly and violently hitting an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.” When the brain suffers a trauma it is not possible to initially understand the entirety of the damages sustained. An individual that sustains a TBI could develop an array of adverse physiological symptoms. Depending on the area of the brain that was injured, a TBI could affect an individual’s cognitive abilities, such as learning and thinking skills. The type of support an individual will require will depend on the severity of his or her TBI.
It can be incredibly difficult to witness a loved one suffer from the effects and aftermath of enduring a TBI, and often the feelings of helplessness for a bystander can be overwhelming. There are, however, many ways to support and care for a loved one with a TBI. When embarking on the journey of caring for someone with a TBI consider the following tips:
- Do not take things personally: it is not uncommon for individuals recovering from a TBI to project feelings of frustration, anger, depression, etc. onto those close to them as they navigate the unchartered territory of life post-TBI.
- Patience is key: things that once came easily (e.g., navigating social situations) may be incredibly challenging after an individual endures a TBI; be kind and patient as your loved one re-learns how to do things that once came naturally.
- Know when to ask for help: there are highly qualified professionals that have extensive experience and expert knowledge in treating TBIs. If a situation becomes overwhelming while caring for your loved one do not hesitate to reach out and obtain guidance.
As the caretaker of an individual recovering from a TBI is helpful to be mindful of the fact that the recovery process from a TBI is not always linear. In moments of frustration, take solace in the notion that providing care and support to your loved one will only contribute positively to his or her recovery process.
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