Experience changes the brain


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.

6 thoughts on “Experience changes the brain”

  1. I’ve been talking about the role the limbic system fight or flight response plays in the brain injury recovery process for many years. In recent months, I’ve come to realize what I’ve been saying is true and we need to start getting the word out about the role the limbic system plays in the lives of people with brain injuries.

    We need to get the word out about the limbic system takes over as we gradually regain consciousness after our brain injuries.

    We only use 10% of our conscious brain and 90% is controlled by the limbic system?

    We need to get the word out about how people with brain injuries are still affected by the limbic system – especially when we get stressed out?

    This is a biologic event that takes over – before and after our brain injuries.

    This information has broad implications for improving the lives of people with brain injuries and making our lives easier.

    We need to stop treating the symptoms and start solving the problem!

    What we feel and why we can’t figure things out after our brain injuries is a direct result of the limbic system amygdala hijack.

    Here are some YouTube’s everyone with a brain injury should watch to better understand what’s going on between their ears.

    Understanding Trauma: How Stress and Trauma Cause Chronic Condition Pain, Anxiety, Depression & PTSD: https://youtu.be/byQBP7fq5vQHooked

    How Stress Affects Your Brain: https://youtu.be/WuyPuH9ojCE

    Over Coming Addiction https://youtu.be/ymNaZHEqirs

    Why is the Limbic System So Strong https://youtu.be/tzY6DBQOsV4

    The Amygdala Hijack https://youtu.be/YM3cXZ7CFls

    Mind the Bump – Mindfulness and how the brain works https://youtu.be/aNCB1MZDgQA

    Why we procrastinate by Vik Nithy: https://youtu.be/WD440CY2Vs0

    Turning off the Fight or Flight: https://youtu.be/ne0PqZH-9Wc

    Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TED x Emory: https://youtu.be/drv3BP0Fdi8

    Brain chemistry lifehacks: Steve Ilardi at TED x KC: https://youtu.be/8bnniNxqB4w

    Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TED x Emory: https://youtu.be/drv3BP0Fdi8

    The prison of your mind | Sean Stephenson: https://youtu.be/VaRO5-V1uK0

    Onward….Pass it on!

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  2. Oh man. I appreciate and agree with the idea but it’s hard to stomach this guy delivering this talk. I was his psychology student at Kansas University and found him to be such a narcissistic, self-promoting, and intellectually dishonest man.

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  3. I totally get that. Some of my favorite “thinkers” are absolutely insufferable in person. I wish I’d never met a lot of people in person, whom I really admire in print or in a video. That’s why I prefer books – and I now make a point of never, ever meeting many of our ‘best and brightest’. I just have no patience for their personalities. Sometimes, they do serve a purpose… fortunately. That’s some redemption, I suppose.


  4. We really do need to do exactly that – get people conditioned to think about TBI recovery as a learning process you have to do yourself (and totally can), rather than something that’s conferred on us by experts with specialized training. Yes, expert training is important, but it completely chaps my ass (sorry for the visual) that so many are left to suffer and rot because of something as basic as lack of information. Access to recovery information is a human right. Why are we not $^&*)(*!@# doing that?! Oh, I know… $$$. Silly me.

    But we can do something about this. Boots on the ground. It’s not rocket science.


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