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What is it like to live with a brain injury?


Society may not always realize the impact of a traumatic brain injury or the significance of brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can be painful and disruptive to those who are injured and are costly and time-consuming to treat. They can create physical challenges in the lives of victims but may also create disruptions in their work or education. Brain injuries may change how the victims view and approach their lives and the future. Some individuals who have suffered a TBI may wonder what life with a traumatic brain injury is like.

For victims of TBI, what they have lost following a traumatic brain accident can be overwhelming and frustrating. Victims can suffer physical, emotional and cognitive losses. It is important to acknowledge when a brain injury has occurred and remember that they can be slow to heal. Traumatic brain injuries can also impact mental health and may lead to mood disruptions or depression and anxiety. Suffering a TBI may also result in anger, so it is important to recognize the struggles of TBI victims and to help offer treatment, which may include mental health resources.

Traumatic brain injuries can result in months or even years of change for a TBI victim. Many victims of TBI learn to approach life in a new way through treatment. Because of the importance of treatment to the recovery process, it is helpful for victims to have the proper resources and support to help face the world following their traumatic brain injury. There can be many steps involved in treating a TBI beginning with emergency room care, which may be followed by hospital care at various levels and rehabilitation and therapy for a brain injury. Routine doctor visits and check-ups may become a new normal for victims of TBI.

The process of treating brain injuries can be complicated and involved, which is why help is available to victims in a number of different ways. If the brain injury was suffered as a result of the negligence of another party, then the victim may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. It is important for victims of traumatic brain injuries to be familiar with the full range of options available to help them when living with a TBI.

Source: Brainline.org, "Living with Traumatic Brain Injury," Accessed March 22, 2016

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