Dealing with the Aftermath of a Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top three causes of traumatic brain injuries are:
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Firearm-related suicide
Sadly, not only does a traumatic brain injury (TBI) pose physical complications, limitations, or death, surviving a TBI may also come with psychological and mental challenges. If you are struggling with mental health issues such as stress and anxiety after sustaining a TBI, know that you are not alone. Here are some tips on how to cope.
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When You Need Support After a TBI
When it comes to the healing process, both physically and mentally after a TBI, getting support and guidance throughout recovery can help you cope easier. Here are some things to consider:
- Join a support group – TBI patients can find that support groups that focus on mental health can help them adjust to their new situation and assist with physical and psychological recovery.
- Seek professional counseling – If you are suffering from anxiety and feel overly stressed, one-on-one counseling with a mental health professional can help you find ways to mitigate your newfound feelings and anxiousness.
- Practice mindfulness – Living in the moment and not overthinking about what will happen in the future can help you remain calm and less anxious.
- Exercise – If your doctor permits, exercise releases mood-improving endorphins. Check with your doctor on what activities you can do safely while recovering from a TBI.
- Don’t make comparisons to your “pre-injury” self – Don’t be so hard on yourself. Recovery from a TBI takes time. You may not get back to your “old self” completely, but being patient with yourself when you cannot do some of the things you once did can ensure you stay mentally healthy.
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Injured in a Car Crash? Contact Us Today
If your car accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, your injuries could have been avoided. When the careless actions of another driver cause you to sustain a catastrophic injury, such as a TBI, know that you have the right to seek justice and compensation. If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident that caused you harm, we are here for you. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to help you start your car accident claim.
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