Every brain injury is different and so the effects of the injury will vary for each individual. Some survivors have physical damages as well as damages to the brain.
It is likely a brain injury survivor could face some or all of the following challenges:
- Memory loss
- Difficulties with speech and language
- Difficulties with concentration, thinking, planning and organising
- Mood swings and coping with frustration and anger
- Loss of confidence and self-esteem
- Personality change
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Loss of motivation
- Co-ordination and balance
- Loss of social skills and personal insights
- Loss of friends and breakdown in family relationships
- One of the main consequences of a brain injury can be loneliness and social isolation.
Brain injury survivors should try to:
- Maintain a positive outlook
- Recognise that recovery is likely to be quite long term
- Seek assistance from medical professionals and cooperate fully with them
- Consider joining the Brain Injury Foundation which exists especially for survivors and carers and tries to help both cope with loneliness and stress.