Now it’s starting to sink in… avoiding the trap of extremes

A post from 2008 – has it been eight years, already? This post really brings home the changes that I’ve seen in myself over the past years. I’ve gone from being prone to ruminating about everything, and needing to account for every single detail in my life and experience, to being much more relaxed about things — and able to see the big picture, instead of a million little details.

This post still rings true, in terms of the person I was, back then. It’s a clear picture (to me, at least) of the way I once operated in the several years after my last TBI. And to anyone who is dealing with the after-effects of concussion and finding their thought process making them crazy… you’re certainly not alone. Our brains will do that to us.

But even more importantly: It can change. It did for me, and it can for you.

Broken Brain - Brilliant Mind

I’m starting to get really bummed out about that job interview yesterday. It really set me back, in a way. Or did I set me back? One of the issues I have with the TBI is “intrusive thoughts” — the constant replaying of scenes from an event (or series of events) that I don’t feel like I have resolved properly. I keep thinking back to all those individual instances where I might have said, done, or thought something different than I did, and therefore salvaged the interview.

Or could I have, given the environment I was in? I think it was a lost cause, from the moment I showed up (late).

I have to be careful that I don’t fall into the trap of extremes — either blaming others for my shortcomings, or blaming myself for things beyond my control

On the one hand, I’m tempted to blame the firm…

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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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