Vital information shared by the families of and people who have suffered a mild brain injury:

Recovery usually takes time – People with a mild brain injury suffer the same issues that occur with a moderate or severe brain injury. There are general guidelines for the recovery process, however there are wide variations among individuals regarding the time it takes to recover. It may be several weeks, several months or longer for symptoms to be fully resolved.

Road to recovery is usually uneven – Along the way there will be good and bad days and this is the normal course for those with a brain injury. What you need to be mindful of is that on the good day, those affected often try to get as much done as possible. And they can overdo it, which can lead to a setback with old symptoms returning. So on the good days, give yourself plenty of time to finish tasks and pay attention to your body and don’t try to “tough it out.”

Give yourself the best chance of recovery – Substances like alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine tend to affect someone with a brain injury a lot more than they did prior to the injury. Understand the potential consequences of drinking alcohol on your recovery. The recommendation is to totally abstain from drinking alcohol during your recovery from a brain injury. You can get more information about the affects of using alcohol when you’ve suffered a brain injury from the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation.

Allow yourself additional time to complete tasks – You are bound to feel fatigued, have difficulty remembering things and paying attention, which can all delay you in completing tasks that you could easily handle prior to being injured. Just give yourself some extra time when planning meals, doing laundry, shopping and paying the bills. Thinking about what you need to do to finish tasks and jotting everything down is helpful. Your stress levels and anxiety will go down when you plan things in advance.

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Seek professional help – The more you know about the effects of your brain injury the easier it will be to cope. Having professional help is vital in your recovery. Having a brain injury leaves you unable to accurately assess your abilities. Once your problem areas are identified, you still must figure out how to effectively cope with and compensate for these problems, even with just a mild brain injury. By working with a professional who specializes in treating people with brain injuries, your problem areas can be identified and effective strategies put in place. This is not a problem you should be trying to deal with on your own. There are also may useful resources and books that can help.

A support group can help – Having a brain injury can be an isolating experience. People see you and think you look perfectly fine, but the implication is that since this is the case you shouldn’t be having any problems. This type of injury is invisible so others do not understand what you are dealing with. Being with others who are going through the same thing can be helpful. To find a good support group reach out to the Brain Injury Association located in your state. They can put you in touch with other helpful resources as well.

Talk to a brain injury attorney - If you experienced your brain injury as a result of the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation. A brain injury attorney will have the resources necessary for the evaluation and diagnosis of your brain injury, so you will receive the correct treatment in a timely manner, and not suffer more permanent damage than is necessary as a result of waiting.  Contact the brain injury attorneys at O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley and we will provide you with a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

(Source: BIAUSA )

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