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Living with Long-Term Brain (Head) Injury

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/living-with-long-term-brain-head-injury-4/ https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/tag/brain/ and https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/some-cognitive-effects-of-head-brain-injury/ “When a brain has been damaged, new neural pathways can be formed, learnt, strengthened and developed over time …with habit-forming, focus and practice.” “With focus, dedication, persistence and especially patience, support and love, a brain, any brain can be rewired to follow … Continue reading

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Traumatic Brain Injury Is …

    * “A LARGE PUZZLE where a number of those pieces are broken.” * “A puzzle … all the pieces are there… but in the wrong order.” (“The pieces don’t quite fit, mesh together. but only you can find … Continue reading

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Some Cognitive Effects of Head (Brain) Injury

SOME COGNITIVE EFFECTS OF HEAD INJURY: by Craig Lock “Compare it (your head) to a jelly in a bowl. The bowl is the skull – a strong, protective container – and the jelly (the brain) is nestled within. The skull … Continue reading

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TBI is a much more manageable injury today than it has been in the past, but it remains a major health problem. As people with TBI continue to live longer and face the challenges of aging with TBI, it will be our duty to provide better education and long-term programs and services. We all have brains; let’s continue to use them — injured or not — to support TBI prevention, research, and treatment.”

“TBI is a much more manageable injury today than it has been in the past, but it remains a major health problem. As people with TBI continue to live longer and face the challenges of aging with TBI, it will … Continue reading

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Learning to Live with Brain Injury

Learning to Live with Brain Injury James Piercy calls it the “hidden disability”. Every year in his homeland, the United Kingdom, 135,000 people are admitted to hospital as a consequence of it. And each day in New Zealand, about 90 … Continue reading

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The Lasting Effects from Blows to the Head (Concussion)

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“An individual of forceful personality , with a high tolerance of frustration, showing drive, determination and great resilience, will win through in the end more successfully than someone of less robust temperament.”

“An individual of forceful personality , with a high tolerance of frustration, showing drive, determination and great resilience, will win through in the end more successfully than someone of less robust temperament.”* – Dr Frederick F Linge (writing in 1987 … Continue reading

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“I do not bewail what I have lost, because I am at peace with myself. I have fought a hard battle, given it my best, and won far more that I or anyone else ever thought I would. I ask only that other brain damaged people be given the chance to fight their battles too, and to find out for themselves what their unique potential is.”

Niagra Falls (great picture from http://www.deepandwonderfulthoughts.wordpress.com) For a great BIG picture see http://quietheroes.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/a-nigra-falls-from-deep-and-wonderful-thoughts.jpg ““I do not bewail what I have lost, because I am at peace with myself. I have fought a hard battle, given it my best, and won … Continue reading

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What Does it Feel Like to be Brain Damaged?

In learning to live with my brain damage, I have found through trial and error, that certain things help greatly and others hinder coping. In order to learn and retain information best, I try to eliminate as many distractions as possible and concentrate all my mental energy to the task at hand. A structured routine, well organized and a serene atmosphere at home and as far as possible at work, is vital to me. In the past, I enjoyed a rather chaotic lifestyle; but now I find I want a place for everything and everything in its place. When remembering is difficult, order and habit make a minutia of daily living much easier.
Coping is also easier in the milieu that is free of emotional tension, competitiveness, anxiety and pressure. I see all of these as distractions, that lessen my ability to learn, just as surely as noise, chaos and change in the physical setting. I find it hard to absorb and retain new information in a meeting with people who are new to me and where there is a constant interchange of ideas and personalities. Yet in a one-to-one situation with a familiar client, or working in my office with colleagues whom I know and trust, in an orderly and systematic fashion, I can retain far more and function far more effectively. In other words, simplification of the external situation, both physical and emotional, assists me to master new information. The more complexity around me, the less I am able to cope.

I also find that physical fatigue cuts down my concentration and so I now try to tackle new tasks in the morning, when I am physically fresh.
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