Certain medications can help treat emotional and psychological changes after a brain injury. They can also help improve cognitive abilities. But medications require careful supervision by a physician experienced in brain trauma for use, dosage and results.
This tip card gives tips on how to talk about medication with your doctor, manage side effects and avoid drug interactions. It provides a checklist for survivors and families to use before beginning medication to treat the consequences of brain injury.
|Year||2008, second printing|
This tip card helps families and individuals with brain injury...
Why Take Medication?
Attitudes and Beliefs about Using Medication
Talking with the Doctor
Managing Side Effects
Managing Drug Interactions
Your Checklist Before Beginning Medication
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Why Take Medication?
Medications may help a person with a brain injury. They may be used to treat some of the physical, emotional and cognitive effects of a brain injury. It is important for individuals and families to learn about the use, side effects and interactions of any medications.
Emotional and psychological changes
There are many changes and struggles in a person’s life after a brain injury. Adjusting to changes in abilities and opportunities can be hard. People often feel depressed, anxious, frustrated, or angry after a brain injury. They may have difficulty controlling emotions and have less control over their feelings. Some people even have personality changes and different temperaments after a brain injury.
These feelings usually surface after a person leaves the hospital and has returned home. Families often use the words “like a different person now” to describe how much the person has changed. The person may find it hard to return to school or work, keep friends, and keep up with the pace and demands of daily life. It can take a long time for a person to recover from a brain injury. The person may never be the same as before the injury. This can be very difficult for everyone in the family.