Emotions: Hope after brain injury

Emotions: Hope after brain injury

Ann Deaton Ph.D.
Information on emotions after brain injury helps families recognize the importance of hope as their emotions swing from anger, sadness and fear to joy and gratitude for the survival of the parent, sibling, child or spouse with a TBI. This tip card gives tips to help families understand and handle their emotions, rather than letting their emotions overwhelm them.
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Tip card discusses the range of negative emotions of anger, sadness and fear among families after brain injury. Compares them to positive emotions of joy and love.

Gives tips for families on handling emotions rather than being controlled by them. Shows how forgiveness, hope and gratitude affect emotional recovery of family members and relationship with the survivor.

Pages 8
Year Second edition, 2011


Ann Deaton Ph.D.
Dr. Deaton is a leadership coach, and founder of DaVinci Resources, a coaching and consulting company. DaVinci Resources offers coaching to leaders and teams to make the difficult possible. She specializes in coaching with individuals and with organizations who want to have a positive impact on the world, holding nothing back.


This tip card helps families...
  • hold on to hope and emotions
  • focus on future possibilities
  • recognize and value what is good
Emotional Reactions
Negative Emotions
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Fear
Positive Emotions
  • Joy
  • Love
Using Emotion Instead of Letting It Control You
  • Tips for handling your emotions
Focusing Your Emotions
  • Forgiveness
  • Hope
  • Gratitude


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Emotional Reactions

When an individual has a brain injury, most families go through the entire range of emotions. There is fear, anger, hope, despair, and even joy at times. These emotions are often seen as negative (fear, despair, anger) or positive (joy and hope). Each emotion affects how a family member acts and responds to others. This tip card will help you use your emotions effectively rather than allowing them to control or overwhelm you.

You may have felt like you were on a roller coaster of emotions soon after the brain injury occurred. Every day there were unfamiliar terms, complicated medical information and difficult questions that often could not be answered. Your emotions may change over time but they continue to be powerful feelings. Every member of your family may feel a wide range of emotions. Some may be similar to yours; others may be different. All emotions need to be respected. Itís important to let everyone in your family know that itís okay to feel angry, afraid, sad, helpless, and overwhelmed. Itís what you do with these emotions that matters.

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