My Emotions are out of Control?
- I feel like part of me is gone
- It is common to suffer from grief after a TBI. There different stages of grief and one does not have to die or to lose a loved one in order
- to go through these stages of grief. When an individual suffers from TBI, they and their family will go through the stages of grief.
- Denial, Anger, Depression and Grief are the four main ones. Sometimes you will also find bargaining in there. Just as if you have lost a
- loved one, you and your family will go through these four main stages of grief as you transition from non brain injury to brain
- injury. Everyone goes through these stages differently as each person completes the transition differently.
- Whenever there is major change in our life, it will lead towards a transition of self. When you suffer a TBI, you are leaving the old
- behind and dealing with and accepting the new. How you react to what has happened and your attitude will play a large role in the
- transition process and dealing with it. Some believe that success can be summed up by attitude.
- Everyone will cope with their grief and transition differently, for some they may want to write, others may want to go to a support group
- and some may want to talk to a counsellor. What is important to remember that if you are feeling suicidal or severly depressed to make
- sure someone knows or to contact your local crisis line and receive the proper support needed to work through your depression and grief.
- Here are a couple of resources that may assist in dealing with the stress and understanding one's emotions. Remember that a brain injury
- can affect all parts of the brain and sometimes that means that your emotions can be affected, impulsivity (meaning lack of control over
- shopping or pure impulsive actions that one did not have before). This also means anger, stress and lack of motivation, you just don't
- feel like doing anything. It is okay to experience all of these feelings, it is important to remember to take control, you are the driver
- and you are always the one in control,not the brain injury.
- Personal Safety Net: Article retrieved from the Brain Injury Resource Centre. []
- Stress Management Following Brain Injury: Strategies for Families and Caregivers.: Retrieved from the Brain-Train website.