Changes After Brain Injury: Behaviors and Emotions (Part 2) — The Caregivers Role By Donna O’Donnell Figurski Anyone who has been a caregiver for a survivor of a brain injury understands that many such caregivers need and want support. An article written by Janet Cromer in “Psychology Today” clearly demonstrated that point, especially for caregivers […]
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Inside the Brain: Changes in Behaviors and Emotions After Brain Injury by Donna O’Donnell Figurski Every brain injury is different. When injury occurs to any part of the brain, there is going to be a change. The part of the brain damaged determines the kind of symptoms experienced. Because the brain is a complex organ, some damage […]
The brain is a complex and vulnerable organ. As you can see, there is nothing mild about an injury to the brain. But by becoming more knowledgeable about mild brain injury, you can become an informed consumer of health services, effective health care provider, supportive family member, caring friend or colleague. It can happen to anyone.
Don’t fret – journaling does not have to be an onerous task. Keeping a journal is much like keeping a little diary filled with tidbits of information that happens day to day. But you can take journaling to another level by infusing your entries with thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This is where the power of writing can help a person heal their broken heart or to record the history of their life, or to visualize their greatest dreams and desires.
Katherine A. Kimes experienced the trauma of a brain injury at the age of sixteen. Her mother became the primary caretaker. This is their story in brief. Katherine gives insight into her perception and viewpoint and shows there is a need for the survivor and other family members to understand the ongoing legacy of a TBI.
The most psychologically draining impairment was my inability to speak, eat, or drink. My tongue lay paralyzed in my mouth. The innate ability to communicate thoughts, emotions and simple daily life experiences was taken from me in only a matter of seconds.
Janet Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC, is a psychiatric nurse and speaks nationally on family and professional caregiver issues including ambiguous loss, stress resilience, traumatic stress, compassion renewal, seasons of caregiving, and creativity and healing. Her column Caregivers Compass is featured quarterly inthe magazine Brain Injury Journey – Hope, Help, Healing published by Lash and Associates.
President of Lash and Associates, she is an expert on the emotional trauma of brain injury on families, both among civilians and veterans. She also writes on the educational impact of brain injuries on the development and education of children and youth.
Dr. Katherine Kimes is a brain injury education specialist. She is the president/owner of ABI Education Services, LLC, a business focused on providing consultation, training, in-school support and transition services to children adolescents and young adults with acquired brain injury.