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.