Why relaxing is so much work.
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Inviting patients into discussions of their faith and weaving it into their medical care and prescriptions improves their functioning and sense of well-being.
Why are neurostimulation techniques not adopted widely, given how effective they are? I believe it comes down to trust, anxiety, and being overburdened.
We feel stuck in COVID fatigue. That's what they're calling the feeling of being in the middle of a marathon with no end. That's how brain injury feels, too. But with a difference.
Age changes our perception of time probably because childhood is learning from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep.
Increasing mental work while not decreasing physical exercise commensurately was a really bad idea after brain injury. This lesson no one taught me.
We cannot expect holidays to remain rigidly the same in pandemic years. Those who see opportunity in disaster chatter excitedly about planning a unique Christmas.
Is the unattainable definition of success of earning an income depressing you into immobility? Try refocusing to lift you up off the couch into being quietly pleased.
Every commentator I’ve read, every theologian I’ve seen over the years, has agreed that God puts Job in his place. Is this the book's significant lesson?
By allowing brain injury to fester, brain injury specialists create a new diminished norm in a person; thus they create resistance to improvement, for improvement is change.
Mary of Magdala was rendered voiceless, like women continue to be today.
How much does subconscious racism factor into dismissing my concussion advocacy?
Dr. Alice Chen presents four pillars of staying socially healthy during this time of separation. And I add a fifth to include all who struggled before and continue to suffer.
The trend towards individualized medicine means that the single-subject study is both proof of concept and an individual treatment plan for virtual brain injury care.
An unimagined future and the hope it can bring.
I prepared mentally. I stocked up. I felt fairly confident I’d weather the coming contagion. I was wrong, and I didn't expect the flashbacks nor the new targets of the word "selfish."
What I've learnt from treating my brain-injury sleep problems.
Welcome to the world of isolation. You are joining people with chronic illnesses like chronic fatigue and debilitating injuries like brain injury in our isolated routines.
After brain injury, it's critical to disengage from people who have low self-reflective functioning and mess with your mind. Loving detachment is a method for doing that.
Resurrection, like one rising from the corpse of the old life, is an immortal motif in Western thinking. But it’s difficult to rise up when denied health care and grieving.
How can we begin to cope with the crushing weight of grief on top of extraordinary brain injury grief?
It's easier for clients or patients to adopt at-home use of cranioelectrical stimulation when their health care provider introduces them to it during their therapy sessions.
I woke up happy. No more tears. No more difficult emerging memories. No more processing. My emotions had switched off after brain injury; treatment had turned them back on. Why?
For almost 20 years, I've faced three obstacles to voting because of my brain injury. This year, the act of voting was astonishingly easier. Was it due to regaining my reading?
What happens after forgiveness? Is it enough to forgive? Do we simply want to feel better, or do we want to restore the relationship?
The current version of my medical care is a long way away from satisfying my needs. I have become solely responsible for my medical care. When I fail, no physician takes charge.
Are adults likely to exhibit dramatic behavioural changes simply because they feel like it? Would you suddenly choose to go from being a friendly, hard worker to wooden and angry?
Audiovisual entrainment is an effective way to treat brain injury. Unfortunately, health professionals still won’t learn about it, forcing people to learn how on their own.
I became bitter when it penetrated my brain that doctors in teaching hospitals who treat brain injury are not interested in thinking outside the box to heal me. How to resist it?
Vegetative state connotes that the human being lying in the bed before you is a vegetable, just a conglomeration of organs inside muscle and skin, nothing more. Yet they are aware.
If doctors saw patient experience as a valid source of medical knowledge, they would never give up on trying to build communication bridges with people in vegetative states.
Shireen Jeejeebhoy is an author who explores brain injury treatments and shares her own discoveries of the ups and downs of concussion recovery.