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Turning Your Life Around After TBI and PTSD

Turning Your Life Around After TBI and PTSD

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[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and I want to tell a rather inspiring story today about a good friend of mine who had traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, in a real bad spot in their life. They've really turned themselves around, and ultimately the outcome is they're living a normal, productive life, whatever the new normal for them is. I've seen people who were down in the dumps. This person specifically was just in a really bad spot in their lives, quite honestly ready to pull the trigger and end it all. And so for me, seeing that recovery, that change, it didn't occur by themselves but it was driven by them. It's seeking help, getting help, getting the right people, taking a proactive role in recovery, whether it's for a psychological condition or whether it's for a physical injury. This person had real bad PTSD after some combat, and they were not in a good spot. They were very down, they were very depressed, they were angry, they were doing a lot of things that were dangerous: driving 90 miles an hour in the middle of the night with no headlights, drinking energy drinks all the time, staying up for days at a time, having trouble with interpersonal relationships. And through a change in their life, through their own motivation, they decided to take a different path. Rather than just ending it all, they were able to change their outcome and change the dynamic in their life by going to the VA medical center, getting help, talking to people, engaging friends and family, saying, "Hey, I've got a problem." "I'm in a really bad spot right now. Can you help?" Whether you know what that help looks like or not, whether you know what that means or not, reaching out, taking that first step is critical in their recovery. So I'm very proud to report now this person is doing great. They've been able to maintain a job, and their life is looking a lot better. They're even dating somebody now. So I'd encourage you to think about how your life can change and decide how you want your life to be. I think there's an option for it to be very positive. Thanks.

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Adam shares an inspiring story about a friend with TBI and PTSD who almost ended his life but instead found the courage to ask for help — even though at the time he may not have known what that help looked like.

 
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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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