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Maintaining Relationships with Family and Friends After TBI and PTSD

Maintaining Relationships with Family and Friends After TBI and PTSD

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[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and I want to talk to you today about getting back to the new normal. One of the things I've really struggled with after brain injury, after combat, deployments, etc, is staying in contact with family and friends, having the intrinsic interest level and motivation to reach out and contact people like I used to, really take the extra step, that extra effort to continue the friendship, continue the relationship with family and friends. For me, one of the challenges that I struggle with is for the past 6, 7 years I've had calendar appointments to call so-and-so, to call my mom, call my dad, call my friends at certain dates and times. And ironically, over the last couple years, I always keep moving those calendar appointments to the next week, move them from Monday this week to Monday next week. Maybe if it's really busy I'm going to move it from Monday of this week to Monday 2 weeks from now. Planning on calling my friend that I lost contact with 6, 7 years ago. The problem is I've been doing that for 5, 6 years now. And I'm still planning to call them, but unfortunately, my new normal is I have not been able to stay in contact with family and friends the way I should have.

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Adam talks frankly about his challenges with keeping up with family and friends since his injury; he has good intentions but following through remains difficult.

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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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I have tbi and I rely heavily on my calandar on my smart phone. I have alarms set for when I need to take my medicine, I have any events, my kids needing to stay after school etc. My kids and husband know I live by it. If it is not on my calendar, I dont know about it. That being said, I am not very good at keeping up with friends. I have Facebook so I know what is going on in their lives, but making phone calls is really difficult for me.

Jan 7th, 2014 2:40pm

It is difficult! After my two TBIs I struggle with Adynamia, which means I can think clearly as to what I NEED to do, but have a very difficult time implementing it. But I keep a positive attitude and cherish those who understand my symptoms. Thank you for this video.

Jan 5th, 2014 12:31pm

So can you share any idea's on what strategies you are going to use to make yourself do a better job with this? My 24 year old daughter has a TBI from a car accident 8 years ago and I'm trying to get her to be the one to make those calls. I've been doing it for her and setting up get-togethers so she can maintain old and new friendships, but i need to transfer the responsibility to her. Any idea's on how?

Jan 5th, 2014 11:25am


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