Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Restoring your life after brain injury
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.
As physicians flock to social media, learning how to communicate well and adopting humility and humor will go a long way towards collegial relations online with the public.
Attention is foundational to our functioning in society. Without the ability to concentrate after brain injury, it's difficult to socialize. Awareness of this leads to inclusion.
Failure is inherent in strategies-as-treatment for concussion. When you get the right therapy, failure points the way to successful return of cognitive skills after brain injury.
"I couldn’t recognize the chaos in my thoughts ... what if it was this, but this was happening. Anger vied with fear as they marched on my mission: See an endocrinologist."
Too many of us with brain injury, including concussion, are expected to function normally without social support. Yet support lifts us out of fear and into realms of possibilities.
Are the cognitive problems caused by brain injury solely learning issues and not specifically related to reading?
Inclusive communities welcome everybody. They restore belonging. They help people with brain injury find out what they can do. And they may help their neurons heal.
Why does it matter where beliefs reside? I believe that when we discover what mental states really are, we will radically alter our concepts of trauma and human relationships.
Chronic conditions are never static and require a stable relationship with the treating physician to be best managed. People with brain injury and PTSD are chronic care patients.
When brain injury is left untreated, when concussion is dismissed as "go home and rest," your hair becomes one more casualty.
Resilience begins with support that recognizes the necessity of healing the injury and the grief. And sometimes with prayer, asking for the spiritual power to bake bread.
Shireen Jeejeebhoy is an author who explores brain injury treatments and shares her own discoveries of the ups and downs of concussion recovery.