Journaling Helps after Traumatic Brain Injury

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Journaling Helps Survivors, Caregivers and Families after Traumatic Brain Injury

by Marilyn Lash

A brain injury can affect so many aspects of a survivor’s and family’s life that it can feel overwhelming at times. So many caregivers and family members feel alone and confused as they struggle to know the “new person” who is their loved one. These feelings of isolation and loss are also common among survivors of brain injury – whether you are a civilian or a veteran.

Barbara Stahura is the author of After Brain Injury, Telling your Story, a journaling workbook.  She is a professional writer who had used personal journals many times in her life as a method of self exploration and healing. After her husband’s traumatic brain injury, she again turned to journaling as a way to both relieve and cope with the many changes in their lives. She found it so helpful to her personally that she later went on to develop and lead workshops on journaling for adults with brain injuries. These workshops became the basis for her workbook and provide a valuable and helpful tool for survivors with writing exercises or prompts to get started on topics ranging form changes in memory to dealing with anger and grief to finding new hope in your life.

Like Barbara, I have also used journaling during difficult phases in my life. I found the process of writing down my thoughts and feelings was both an emotional release as well as tool for gaining insight into my emotions. Even though I was sometimes angry, confused, scared, or depressed, the process of writing helped me. I journaled every day – even if only for 5 or 15 minutes. As I dealt with the issues – and losses – in my life at the time, I found it was really helpful to go back and read my journal entries weeks and even months later. Even when I felt like I was still stuck in the muck, I could often see progress and change when I read over my entries with the benefit of time and hindsight.

So journaling is something I highly recommend to those of you who are either living with or caring for someone – whether it be a spouse, parent, child, or sibling – who has a brain injury. There are a couple great resources to help you get started. A tip card titled Journaling after Brain Injury  explains the basis “rules” or steps for journaling. You can even get this for free if you select it from the free tip card offer.

There is a terrific website with journaling exercises and posts by Barbara Stahura that will teach you about journaling and help you get started. It’s called Journal After Brain Injury


December 20, 2011

2 responses to “Journaling Helps after Traumatic Brain Injury”

  1. osteoporoza says:

    It has long been looking for an article on Brain Injury Blog – Journaling Helps after Traumatic Brain Injury .

  2. Marian says:

    Just found this site this afternoon. My son has suffered a TBI. Thank you for this site. I am going to read more about your info on Journaling after brain injury for myself and my son.

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