As mentioned in our previous articles, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has a lot of repercussions. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can affect many areas of the patient’s life. Limited mobility, memory loss, behavioral changes – these are just some of the things that people who sustained TBI – and their families – have to deal with. Suddenly, life becomes very different. Activities that used to come easy, now become a big challenge. Walking, eating, even interacting with others can seem like a big task.
Behavioral changes are often part of the new reality, and that’s understandable. After all, our brain controls literally every single aspect of our body and mind. The fact that we can move, speak, think – it’s all thanks to that one organ. And when it suffers damage, things change, often very drastically. People who are affected by TBI face many difficulties that other people may not understand, or which they underestimate due to their lack of knowledge about TBI. It’s also difficult for people around the patient, that is: his or her friends and family. They often feel like they don’t know their loved one anymore. Who is that angry, impulsive, violent person? He used to be so gentle/quiet/loving, etc. ‘Used to’ meaning: before the accident. Unfortunately, people affected by TBI may see a character change; in fact, it’s very common that the person who used to be patient and understanding now becomes easily frustrated and can even display violent behavior. The biggest challenge that families face is to be patient and understand that it’s not the person’s will to behave like that. Their brain in simply taking over.
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