Just got back from an appointment with my neuropsych. Apparently, I’m still doing an excellent job of holding myself back in life, by interpreting things that go wrong, as things being wrong with me.
Apparently, that’s not necessarily the case, and I’ll be both more effective and happier in my life and work, if I quit making every failing about “my” isssues.
I need to start questioning my interpretations of the meanings of events and past experiences. Preferably in a different light than before.
Okay… how to do this…?
I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot.
I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life.
It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.
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