Hey guys, it's Adam.
I want to talk to you today about a pretty serious subject actually,
and it involves post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
One of the things that I've heard time and time again from different veterans,
caregivers, and physicians is that the veterans who have gone through a traumatic experience
or maybe have come back recently from a deployment
are having a hard time interacting with even their family and their closest friends.
Many times they prefer to just simply be alone.
There's less stress, there's less noise, there's less intellectual exposure.
It's an opportunity for them to just kind of be quiet,
stay in their own little stasis aura of tranquility.
And ultimately, that's not really healthy,
especially if you're somebody with a family
or if you're somebody who has close ties to their friends, coworkers, whatever it may be.
It's a very common situation among individuals who have gone through traumatic events
or who have kind of ongoing symptoms of traumatic brain injury.
So I would encourage anybody who is experiencing that to, number 1, be patient.
Patience is going to be the key.
Your husband, your wife, whoever it is who is exemplifying these symptoms
may prefer to be alone.
It may be easier for them.
I would offer the alternative to engage with them,
talk with them about what it is that they like about being alone.
"Is there any way that we can come together and we can maybe be quieter
"or turn the TV down quiet or use the radio headphones to watch TV?"
And that way, the veteran and the family can still be in the same room
and enjoy their time together without causing that unneeded stress on the veteran
or that person who has gone through that traumatic experience.
So try different things.
Talk to that person, see if there's something that works for them,
and then let us know how it goes.
Obviously, we encourage you to share any experiences or successes that you have
on the blog.
Post a comment. Let us know how it works out.
We really want to hear from you. Thanks.
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Sometimes service members and veterans with TBI and/or PTSD find it easier to be alone, away from people — even family and friends. But ultimately, that is not healthy. Adam shares ideas to help loved ones ease back into life events without adding stress.