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LoveYourBrain Tip from Kevin: Listen to your feelings

LISTEN TO YOUR FEELINGS

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BRAIN HEALTH | 4.9.2016 | BY KEVIN PEARCE

It’s important to be present with all of the emotions that often arise after a TBI - and honor them.  Depression and anxiety are very common after a TBI and can be difficult to manage.  Anger can also surface as a prevalent emotion.  These and other emotions are often heightened after a TBI, so it’s critical to realize that this is a normal consequence and can be improved.

Changes in memory and physical symptoms are often discussed much more often than emotional changes, but the latter can be quite debilitating.  You may cry easily, when you never used to shed a tear.  Or perhaps you get angry in response to triggers that never affected you before.

After a TBI, when you’re adjusting to your altered brain and starting the healing process, it’s important to honor any feelings that arise.  Once you’ve recognized those emotions you can begin to process them and learn how to deal with them in a healthy and productive way.