The role of emotional support in brain injury recovery, should not be underestimated, neglected, or considered less important than physical healing.
Having a caring compassionate, educated, and empathetic social/emotional support system in place for brain injury survivors is of the utmost importance to achieve the greatest degree of recovery possible.
Having the support of friends, family, acquaintances, and medical personnel may have more to do with directly affecting the brain’s ability to recover from injury, than we might expect or even understand yet!
Along with the job of physically healing from the injury, a brain injured individual may also be dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD, and myriad of other social/emotional concerns.
And, it’s not just the person with the brain injury that needs support!
Family members may be suffering with their own anxiety, stress, depression, etc. as well.
The following therapies are recommended for the brain injured and their families.
- Professional Psychotherapy is a treatment to help people understand and manage their emotional reactions by teaching coping skills and techniques.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help the brain injured change any negative behavioral patterns they may have developed as a result of their brain injury.
- Family Therapy is an absolute must for families of the brain injured. Such therapy can help families understand what has happened to their brain injured loved one and how the injury has affected them emotionally. It will also assist families with coping and adjusting to a new way of life, caring for and loving a brain injured family member.
- Support Groups are great places to meet and identify with others who have sustained brain injuries and their families. The insight, emotional support, practical information, and social camaraderie gained from attending support groups is invaluable!
Resources for Emotional Support of the brain injured and their families.
- The Brain Injury Association of America
- Resources for life after brain injury.
- Webinars of interest to the brain injured and their families.
- Brain Injury Support Group on FaceBook.
- The Online Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group.
- Psychotherapy On the NAMI website.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
As I’ve mentioned before I wish that counseling had been recommended for our family after my daughter, Bethany, sustained a brain injury during brain surgery.
We had absolutely no idea the degree of devastation having a family member with a severe brain injury and disability would have on our family forever!
Not seeking out immediate therapy for my family is one of my biggest regrets in life.
If you or a loved one has had the unfortunate experience of acquiring a brain injury, I urge you to please seek therapy, counseling, and the emotional support of others who are experiencing the same issues, challenges, and problems that you are facing.
I know that you will not regret it!
Choosing to do therapy might just be the best decision you’ve ever made!
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Books that you may find helpful.
My family found, The Traumatized Brain, especially helpful in understanding what our daughter goes through!