Even if a person is injured and is taken to the emergency room, initial tests, including x-rays, CT scan and MRI of the brain often come back negative.
Individuals are discharged with Tylenol and told to follow up with doctors on an as needed basis.
NO ONE TAKES IT SERIOUSLY.
“I wish someone, anyone, would have taken the time to explain the injury to me…”
Many individuals do not know they had a traumatic brain injury until much later.
Here are actual quotes of individuals who are currently undergoing treatment with me for their TBI.
How many of these apply to you?
o “I don’t feel like myself…”
o “I’m tired of hearing it’s in my mind!”
o “It’s difficult to be treated like a kid…”
o “Stop telling me to move on!”
o “I am worthless”
o ”I feel paralyzed. Everything else carries on normally…”
o “Even my doctors are ignoring my symptoms…”
o ” I don’t enjoy being pitied…”
o “Anything pisses me off…”
o ““I’m tired of hearing people say -get over it!”
o ”I can’t focus or remember things…”
o “I can freeze (or panic) when I don’t understand something…”
o ”I have severe headaches …”
o ”I am always exhausted…”
o “I don’t know from one moment to the next what is going on?”
o ”I am very grumpy and frustrated all the time…”
o ”I am drinking more alcohol and taking more medicine than I should…”
o ”I’m truly alone in the world…”
o ” I even thought of killing myself…”
o “I’m losing hope that things will ever be normal again…”
o “I need my seclusion. I withdraw from everyone, even my family…”
How many boxes above describe how you often feel?
Do not let anyone tell you that you do not have a brain injury because you never lost consciousness. Just because there is no objective sign of injury to your brain (x-rays, CT scan, MRI), does not mean that you are fine.
Talk to someone, ANYONE, about how you are feeling. You will see that by reaching out for help, you will be able to understand that you are not alone. Let’s Move A Head.