A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Washington studied 559 adults who have had a traumatic brain injury. They determined that over half (53 percent) of the participants developed major depression in the year following their injury.
Essentially friends of most brain injury survivors fall into four categories with a small amount of overlap. I will use the word “Friends” and “Friend” but “Family Members” fall into similar groupings.
I struggled for seven years before I was finally diagnosed with a brain injury; specifically post concussive syndrome due to multiple concussions.
Recently, I have been struck by how often I hear people saying “I can’t” or “I don’t” or “I won’t”. I am not talking about legitimate use of those words. I am talking about those words when they are used as a limiting factor.
Recovery from a brain injury is a delicate balance between achieving enough acceptance to have a modicum of peace yet maintaining a quiet rebellion which keeps you reaching for more.
When you are confronted with a brain injury or a disease such as cancer you will almost immediately be confronted by statistics … from the mouths of well meaning friends, family, and doctor’s, in medical literature, and on the web. DO NOT let statistics scare you.