Absolutely true – motivation is really key in thorough TBI recovery. It can be a ton of hard work, so finding the resources to keep up the necessary hard work is paramount. And not only in the initial stages, but later on, when you’re “supposed to be better”… but things aren’t going quite as well as you’d like/hope/wish.

Heal your Brain

Some movement is simply a response to a stimulus. If you touch a snail, it will draw up into its shell but humans are not simply machines of stimulus and action; almost all the voluntary movement we perform is goal-directed, meaning it has a purpose that is determined by the person moving. Say for example, you are removing your thanksgiving turkey from the oven and you scald your arm because the lid tips open. Do you drop the turkey? No. Although you can feel the impulse to drop it, you do not and despite the burning feeling, you carry the turkey to the nearest surface. The prefrontal areas of the brain, near your forehead and behind your eyes, connect to the motor output areas of the brain. Level of alertness, degree of importance of the task and perceived risk of the movement are processed in this prefrontal area and then…

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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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