They told you that there was nothing you could have done to prevent the car accident that caused your brain injury. But you just can’t shake this feeling of anger and regret. Maybe you should have taken Blue Ridge Boulevard instead of I-49, or called in sick instead of making the long drive in the rain. You can’t seem to turn your brain off, and the more you think, the angrier you become. You can’t even enjoy your daily activities because your brain is working so much slower than usual.
It’s not uncommon for victims to feel agitated or depressed after a brain injury. In fact, you may be able to take some small comfort in the fact that anger is a normal phase of brain injury recovery. In time, you will learn to adapt to the way your mind works, creating new ways of coping so that you can continue living a normal life.
There are many ways you can help this process along. For example, many recovering victims can find the help they need through brain injury support groups. Here, patients are able to:
- Share information. Victims often feel that their families are unable to help them because they don’t understand what the injury is like. People who have faced the same difficulties you are facing may have practical ideas and suggestions that you can apply to your own life.
- Talk about their frustrations. In addition to solving your problems, those who have been through the healing process understand that you need to “vent” your frustration. This can help you make sense of your life after injury, and help you get ready to plan for the future.
- Tend to their relationships. Both group members and therapists can help you understand your new role in your family, as well as bring family members together to discuss problems during recovery.
It is important that you stay calm as new complications arise, and give yourself as much time as you need to recover. Get more information on brain injury recovery in our free e-book, Brain Injury Survivor's Guide.