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Coping with brain injuries

Many difficulties can arise from a brain injury, including behavior and emotional problems, that may be challenging for victims and family members to cope with. Depending on the severity of the injury and the location of the brain injury, victims may suffer a range of deficits and challenges as a result of a brain injury which can include physical, financial and emotional challenges.

It can be a struggle for victims and families to cope with the impact of a traumatic brain injury. It can be common for victims to experience changes in personality, a lack of impulse control, poor concentration and deficits in memory and judgment. These can be significant changes for victims, families and caregivers to adjust to as they learn what the victim can and cannot do following the brain injury and must then adapt to new forms of communication and relationships.

In addition, victims may require rehabilitation for the cognitive and behavior challenges they face following the head trauma suffered. Not only can the changes and all the medical treatment the victim requires be stressful, it can be a strain on financial and other resources as well. It is important for family members not to focus on how the victim used to be and instead focus on adjusting to the changes, such as creating routines that help the victim address memory problems they may experience following a brain injury. Structure can also be important part of the recovery process.

There is a long list of challenges and changes victims of brain injuries may face and may also be experienced by victims and family members. When the brain injury has been suffered because of the negligence of another party, it can be a welcome relief to victims and their families to be aware that there are legal resources available to help them with their financial needs.

Source: Family Care Giver Alliance, "Coping with Behavior Problems after Head Injury," accessed Jan. 9, 2017

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