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Acknowledging and confronting behavior changes after a TBI

On Behalf of | May 1, 2020 | Serious Injuries

You may find that you don’t quite feel right after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Of course, this isn’t surprising considering the trauma you went through, but there may be more to it than that.

Your behavior could simply reflect your emotional reaction to how your life has and perhaps will continue to change in light of your TBI. In addition to that, you could have suffered physical damage to the part of your brain that processes emotions and the world around you. In any case, you now have another issue to deal with as you work on recovering from your injury.

Does this sound familiar?

Adjusting to life with a brain injury, even if it is only temporary, brings out a number of emotions, such as the following:

  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Coping issues

These emotions often stem from the impaired brain connections caused by the TBI and any damage to your brain. If you achieve a full recovery, you may revert back to your normal self. However, you cannot ignore the chance that your current situation is permanent. Your brain could get stuck in “fight or flight” mode in an attempt to protect you from further harm, which does nothing to soothe the above emotions.

You will probably need to acknowledge these emotions in order to deal with them and find some semblance of normal. Once you take this step, you can examine what caused a particular emotion in the first place. Finding the trigger could help in avoiding the problem in the future. You could also seek out some help in finding ways to appropriately process your emotions and your new world.

Do seek out some support

While you seek out experienced help with processing your emotions post-TBI, you may also want to consider seeking out experienced help with obtaining compensation for your injury. If another person’s recklessness or negligence caused your TBI, it may be possible to file a personal injury claim, requesting the court make a ruling regarding the legal responsibility for your injury and the damages associated with it.

Successfully proving someone else caused your injuries could result in a monetary award to cover your financial losses. To increase your chances of success in such an endeavor, you would greatly benefit from working with an experienced and compassionate Illinois attorney.