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Dealing with Intense Emotions After a Brain Injury or Traumatic Event

Dealing with Intense Emotions After a Brain Injury or Traumatic Event

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Hey guys, it's Adam. Today I'm here to talk to you a little bit about the emotional side of brain injuries and some of the other common diagnoses for individuals coming back from a combat zone or who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. One of those is PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. In the email that I received here recently, it came from a veteran's mother. There was a female Air Force sergeant who actually suffered a brain injury on her second deployment, and now her mom is a little concerned because she's acting differently. She used to be very tough, quote, "tough as nails, never cry, "never show your emotions" kind of girl. And with that she had a very rugged exterior, and she thought that she was going to be able to mentally and emotionally overcome any kind of obstacles. But after suffering a brain injury during that second deployment, returning home, the mother started to notice that the daughter, who is the veteran, started becoming very emotional and would have variability in temperament quite often. That's something that a lot of veterans face. It is at times a natural progression to come home after you've experienced a traumatic event or an actual traumatic injury, to come home and have a lot of emotions, have a lot of feelings that you may not know what to do with, you may not know where to plug them in or how to reconcile them. So I'd ask that anybody out there who is experiencing something like that, understand that you're not alone when this is happening by any means. It does happen to servicemembers who return from a combat zone and who suffer injuries. The other thing is seek help. This is not a permanent situation. Just because you've suffered a brain injury or gone through a traumatic event doesn't mean that you're going to be a lifelong victim in that sense. This is not something that's going to continue on forever. You can, through use of strategies, different tools and technologies as well as medical care, push through these things and kind of recover your life in a positive way. So I'd encourage you to keep trying and to keep pushing forward because ultimately, you will be able to really see an improvement in your day-to-day life no matter how bad it may seem right now. So thanks and take care.

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It's common for service members and veterans, like Adam, with a brain injury and/or post-traumatic stress to return home from combat and have intense feelings they don't know what to do with. But with help and patience, these emotions will settle down.

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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Health Educator, Thanks for your thoughtful comments. It's humbling and rewarding to know that others in the TBI community are able to benefit from our shared experiences. If you, or anyone else has questions they would like me to address, please feel free to post them here and ill address what I am able to in future blogs... -Adam

Sep 25th, 2012 1:22pm

Adam, thank you for sharing your experiences, coping strategies, and encouragement! I work with service members with mTBI, and even the most discouraged soldiers perk up and hold their heads a little higher when I give them a bookmark and describe your blog to them! For many, it is the most valuable and appreciated piece of information I share with them. Health Educator

Sep 24th, 2012 8:41pm


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