I will eventually get to the possible solutions

I’ve been focusing on understanding the trauma in traumatic brain injury, writing about the ways it intersects with PTSD. There’s a lot of territory to cover, and I’m really just scratching the surface. Beneath it all, there are massive changes that take place in the brain, the cells, the central/autonomic nervous system, which I can barely speak to.

I can, however, speak to the everyday experience, so that’s where I’ll focus.

And when I’ve gotten to the end of the laundry list of discussion items (list courtesy of Invisible Heroes by Belleruth Naparstek):

The Nature of the Traumatic Event

Survivor Traits

  • gender
  • age
  • psychological history
  • education
  • ethnicity
  • social support

Reactions Around the Trauma

  • panic and acute stress
  • dissociation
  • biochemical anomalies
  • drinking and intoxication
  • sense of control during the event
  • self-blame and negative beliefs
  • subsequent health problems

… then I’ll start talking about what we can do about all this.

But for now, I’ll be focusing on laying the groundwork for the intimate connection between TBI and PTSD… in hopes that others will pick up on this, as well, and maybe run with some pieces of it, themselves. There is a ton of work to be done in this area, and in many respects, we’re just getting started.

Onward.

Author: brokenbrilliant

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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