Sustaining a traumatic brain injury can complicate your life in numerous ways. You might lose mobility, have difficulty communicating and even need to learn to eat again.
The extent to which you recover depends heavily on how immediately you receive critical care, the support system you have and the accessibility of specialized rehabilitative therapies.
TBIs vary drastically in terms of severity which determines how significant your symptoms are. As such, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to treating them. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, access to specialized TBI care can influence how fully you recover. Your treatment will involve critical emergency care, ongoing medical ministrations and rehabilitative therapy.
Customized treatment will take into account your goals, your lifestyle and how probable a full recovery is. Over time, your medical team will need to adjust your treatment to continually optimize your body’s response. Depending on the type of TBI you have, you may require ongoing treatment for the rest of your life.
Adjusting to the physical and mental limitations brought on by a TBI can take a lot of determination. Feelings of sadness, grief and uncertainty are normal. You might want to work with a therapist to navigate the complex emotions you feel and learn about how to effectively manage triggers.
Rely on the support of your family and friends to work through the challenges of your TBI. Set goals for your recovery. As you reach milestones, celebrate your success and identify your next goal. Involve your family and friends in your recovery. Maintaining a positive outlook and staying focused on your future can improve your chances of adapting to your TBI.