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A Change in Family Roles After a Brain Injury Can Be Difficult

A Change in Family Roles After a Brain Injury Can Be Difficult

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Hey guys, it's Adam. Today I want to talk to you about the changing roles after a traumatic brain injury. A lot of times the family unit may be used to having the roles of breadwinner, of worker, somebody who maybe brings home the paycheck or others who provide care for the children or vice versa. After a brain injury, a lot of times those roles may change, those responsibilities may shift. Individuals who used to be the breadwinner are now in receipt of caregiver support. They are people who are kind of on the receiving end of that extra work and that extra effort. It's not uncommon. It's very common that the roles and the family dynamic will change after somebody suffers especially a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. Patience in communication is one thing that's definitely going to go a long way in that. Say something nice, do something nice for the caregivers. Nobody is giving up. Just like in the military when you have your unit, your platoon, your flight, your squad, whatever it is, they come together as a support unit, and that's the same thing that's happening here. People may be changed around in different roles, but the ultimate goal is the same, and the sustainability and the support of the family is going to be the most important thing. So don't give up, hang in there, and just really stay focused in a positive way. Thanks.

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Just like a squad, flight, or platoon, a family needs to come together after a brain injury as a support unit. Adam talks about how the change in family roles can be hard, but patience and communication will help the family work together as a whole.

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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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