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Common Outcomes

Common Outcomes

*Neurological injury can be complex

*Breaking down and tackling the outcomes

*Understanding outcomes in terms of their causes

*Managing and improving symptoms

*Making positive life changes

Introduction

There are many biological changes following brain injury that are ‘hidden,’ and yet have a profound impact on the quality of life.

The neurological changes that occur can be multitudinous, and without information about the causes, many people struggle to recuperate. Understanding can have a significant impact on progress, and dealing with physical symptoms as early on as possible, can directly affect how long it takes someone to feel better and in more control of where they need to focus their efforts.

Due to a general lack of recognition and awareness, there are millions of people across the world who have been struggling for many years without professional support and help. When you are dealing with the outcomes of brain injury, it can be challenging to find the information you need.

Many people are:

  • not given information or advice about where they can find it
  • not referred to specialist help
  • insurance doesn’t cover their needs
  • often individual symptoms are treated and medicated separately by a general practitioner.

Forming a plan

It can be problematic to know what to do for the best, especially when doctors have persistently dismissed you or don’t have the financial means to pay for specialist care.

Formulate an organised plan you can refer back to by breaking down your symptoms and forming a list, adding to it each time you notice something you forgot to include, and working towards a better understanding of the causes. It is very common for people to think they have grasped an understanding of something only to find out days or weeks later that they have forgotten all about it again.

Noting your symptoms

Some of the effects on this list create emotional outcomes but often don’t always have a psychological root. Many of these effects are entangled because the causes can be multiple and varied. For example, the reason for anxiety may be the result of trauma, a lack of acceptance of changes, PTSD, or the chemical cascade that switches on following a brain injury and continues unabated until addressed.

The following list is by no means exhaustive. Please check back for updates.

Anger and resentment

Anxiety

Aphasia

Brain fog

Depression

Fatigue

Flooding

Headaches/migraine

Insomnia/sleep problems

Intolerance to Light

Intolerance to Noise

Making positive life changes

There are many things we can do to help ourselves. Making positive life changes can reduce or even clear many of the physical outcomes.

By reducing the secondary outcomes, such as inflammation, you can start to feel better. Depending on how long symptoms have remained unaddressed and their severity, can influence how quickly this happens.

These life changes are dealt with in detail under Healing Your Brain.

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