Guilt: Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

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HOPE AFTER HEAD INJURY

I get it. Your life changed drastically in a short period of time.

If you had a brain injury, you may be struggling with feelings of self-doubt, frustration, wanting to be better for everybody around you. You don’t understand why your brain won’t just go back to normal. Every day, you struggle to do simple tasks that were once easy for you. Work is taking at least twice as long. When having conversations, you can’t think of that one word you want to say and it’s so….so…..hard to think of the right word!! So you just drop it and move on. You feel others getting frustrated and annoyed, and you wish that you could fix everything so that they don’t have to worry. You feel guilty for being so “messed up” and wish that you could just get better so that nobody would have to worry about you.

If your…

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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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