Brain Navigators works with the brain injured, their families, medical and business professionals. Because brain injuries are unseen and disrupt the capacities for normal living, virtually everything in a brain injured person’s life is shattered. Others cannot see or sense the difficulty being experienced and cannot understand the trauma, pain and embarrassment of one that cannot function normally as they once could. The public’s inability to perceive someone with a brain injury makes it impossible to respond appropriately and with caring through brain injury support services.
Three of the most common reactions to people with brain injuries are radically different:
- Because brain injuries don’t show externally, the way broken limbs do for example, some people don’t believe there’s anything wrong. As a result, they treat the injured person as if everything is normal. When problems arise, they assume the injured person is just being difficult, or they are simply depressed, or are being lazy.
- Others treat the brain injured as if they have lost all faculties and abilities. They see the brain injured having difficulty with small or simple things and assume that the person is incapable of anything. As a result, they start trying to do everything for the brain injured or family member, inhibiting their ability to convalesce.
- Brain injured people have many difficulties trying to navigate in the world. They are frustrated and upset. They are nearly always in pain and very embarrassed with their loss of capacity and gained confusion. Others perceive these symptoms as unwarranted and may be angry or condescending towards the brain injured. This becomes a vicious circle of confusion, as neither understands the other.
Of course, these are extreme examples and most people have a mixture of reactions at different moments. But these serve to illustrate what the brain injured person faces in terms of people’s attitudes. You can see how each of these attitudes will affect brain injury & recovery – either too much, not enough, or not the right type of brain injury support services.
It is not just how others perceive the brain injured, it is how the brain injured perceive themselves. If someone with a brain injury doesn’t understand how it is affecting them, they can see themselves as a failure or simply being stupid.
If the consequences of the injury are not clearly understood, the person is less likely to help themselves overcome their brain injury & recovery will be difficult. Suffering from a lack of deep sleep and being in pain can cause disorientation. If one is confused, lost, and unable to retain information, one may not be able to earn a living. The combined effects of these hidden symptoms can destroy self-esteem, causing profound depression. These incapacities may destroy relationships, break family ties, and sever employment.
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