Hey, guys! It's Adam.
Believe it or not, going to restaurants is actually very challenging.
For a lot of folks with traumatic brain injury and PTSD,
the overall environment can be overwhelming.
I know it is for me personally.
When I go to a restaurant, everything from looking at the menu,
having everybody talk around you,
scanning the restaurant, seeing who's there,
who's walking behind you, where you're going to sit--
just taking in the whole environment can be really difficult.
So for me personally, some of the things that I've done
to minimize that impact are--
specifically at a restaurant on the menu part--
is just ordering the same thing.
I've gotten into the habit now over the last 5 years or so
of whenever I go to a restaurant, rather than taking 15 minutes
to look over the 50 or 100 items that are being offered on the menu,
I already know what I want.
I just pick literally the same thing; I get a bacon cheeseburger everywhere I go.
What that does is it saves me the time from having to scan the menu
trying to remember and comprehend what's on the menu
while people are talking with me.
When everybody sits down,
nobody wants to just be silent and read the menu.
The other guests aren't going to be silent and just read the menu.
The other booths aren't going to be silent and read the menu.
So to kind of mitigate that--and really it's avoiding it--
I just get the same thing every time.
I always go, "Hey, what do you want?"--"Bacon cheeseburger."
The secret is finding something that's on every restaurant.
Anyway, I hope that's helpful for you.
Try it out! Maybe yours is a steak, or maybe yours is a turkey sandwich.
I don't know, but you'll find something that works for you. Thanks.
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Adam Anicich talks about why going to a restaurant post-TBI is often far from relaxing and what to do to make the experience better.