How to Better Understand Someone with a TBI

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is not an easy condition to live with – for survivors, or anyone close to them. Survivors often have difficulty expressing their thoughts and emotions accurately. To better understand those who suffer from this condition, friends and family members can educate themselves about the struggles that come with a TBI. The list below will help you better understand survivors with all types of psychological health conditions.

STAY INFORMED
Get to know the warning signs, symptoms, physical reactions to trauma, and any triggering events. Knowing this information allows you to confidently help and support your loved one to move him or her in the right direction. It’s important to become familiar with what to say and what not to say to your loved one. Knowledge is power.

KEEP REACHING OUT
TBI can limit logical thinking and change the perspective of someone affected by it. His or her outlook on life may be much different now, and it may take time for your advice to be accepted. Do not give up!

BE SENSITIVE TO THEIR MEMORIES
For most people, as time goes on, any memory can fade into the past. Unfortunately, for those with TBI, memories never seem to fade away. Rather, they are constantly reminded of these memories. It’s important to be aware of these constant reminders.

LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY
Your love and comfort are vital – and much appreciated! Your loved one may experience feelings that might scare him or her, such as strong mood swings, anxiety, flashbacks, and a sense of isolation. Even though he or she knows that you are there to help and support, your love and comfort will help put your loved one at ease.

If your loved one seems to require additional assistance, it might be time to reach out to a primary care physician. Also, take a look at what we have to offer at our Intrepid Spirit centers and learn how to begin the referral process.

Posted on February 11 2016 in Blog

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