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How to Ask for Help After a Brain Injury

How to Ask for Help After a Brain Injury

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Hey guys, it's Adam. Sometimes veterans with traumatic brain injury-- I know I, myself, have had troubles with this-- have difficulty recalling certain words or finishing off a sentence, because you can't really recall the word you're trying to use. One of the things that I find really helpful is in the conversation, especially if there's more than 2 people-- if there's 3, 4 or 10 people-- look to somebody to your left and your right, maybe a trusted friend in the conversation, somebody you know well or better than the rest, and say, "I'm just having trouble finding the word. Can you help me? Um--" Make a nonverbal gesture to them to let them know like, "Hey, I'd really like some help. If you could jump in and help me real quick with the word?" Because odds are if they're going to be close to you, they're going to know what you're trying to say, and they'll be able to jump in and kind of keep the conversation on track. Just a helpful tidbit and I hope it helps you. Thanks.

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After a TBI, sometimes it's hard to think of the word you want, or you get confused and forget what you were going to say. Don't be afraid to ask for help — gesture a trusted friend to help you continue the conversation.

 
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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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