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Denial Versus Accepting Reality After Brain Injury: A Significant Difference

Denial Versus Accepting Reality After Brain Injury: A Significant Difference

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Hey guys--It's Adam, and today I wanted to talk about an email I got from a friend of a friend whose husband is having some troubles and complications with accepting brain injury. Specifically she says, "I think my husband's in denial. He's having difficulty with a lot of different things after a brain injury fighting in Iraq. He can't remember things; he doesn't sleep; he gets super anxious, things like that." Whether you've suffered a traumatic brain injury, whether you've suffered some other kind of mental ailment-- post traumatic stress disorder, or some other kind of neuro, physical injuring or limitation-- You know, think about this and think about is denial where I really want to be. These symptoms and these issues are not going to go away on their own. If you are feeling those things, think long and hard. Maybe your coworkers, your family members, your friends are telling you, "Hey, I noticed this about you--I've noticed this, and I think it may be an issue. Can we talk about it?" The objective, or your goal, should not be to deny it and say, "Ah, this doesn't exist." Really think about that--think about if it does have any validity, or truth, to it. For myself, personally, I was kind of in the same boat. I really didn't think anything was wrong with me, but I took the difficult and courageous first step and to reach out to VA, Veteran's Affairs, and said, "Hey, I'm having some troubles acclimating back into society ever since my deployment, since my brain injury, etc. I'm having some troubles with this. It's difficult for me in social situations. I'm a little bit more anxious--I'm more nervous. I feel panicky or whatever it may be." Reach out to somebody who can help, whether it's the VA or somebody else. It might be a family member--it may be a trusted mentor or friend. Let them know and see if this denial is really worth sacrificing your owl personal health over. A lot of times I find that it's not. So, be courageous and take that first step and help yourself. It will really pay off at the end.

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Accepting changes in oneself after a brain injury can be incredibly difficult. But denying rather than accepting the changes, over the long run, will definitely be more painful — for the injured person and those he loves. Adam shares his experience — and advice.

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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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Dec 17th, 2012 12:26pm


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