Grief and Loss with Traumatic Brain Injuries

What Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

A TBI typically results from a severe jolt, hit, or puncture to the head. Common situations where TBIs can occur include but are not limited to:

  • Sports
  • Car Accidents
  • Falls
  • Combat
  • Police/EMS experiences
  • Physical aggression

How does grief and loss relate to TBI(s)?

Depending on the severity of the TBI and how it impacts a person, one may never know they sustained a TBI. Others, on the other hand, will find their lives changed forever. If the TBI is severe enough the person may experience:

  • Rapid shifts in emotion or mood to the point that their friends and family members distance themselves. This can lead to isolation and even separations or divorce
  • Difficulties with concentration and attention that may lead to job loss and change in socioeconomic status
  • Changes in one’s abilities (i.e. sports) compared to what the person could do before the TBI
  • Chronic pain
  • Mobility challenges

These factors noted above can create barriers and hinder a person from engagement in past enjoyable activities/past times. Thus, resulting in grief and loss.

Where does grief and loss come in?

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Grief and loss can flare up in a multitude of ways, some being:

  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Embarrassment
  • Anger
  • Self-Doubt

The grief and loss from a TBI can be palpable and difficult to manage. Some people are able to manage it on their own. One-on-one and/or group therapy can assist with processing these aspects (guilt, shame, etc.) of TBI fallout. One-on-one therapy can provide an individual a place to express their emotions in a non-judgmental way to the relieve rapidly building emotional pressure. Some aspects of the TBI fallout can even be integrated through EMDR therapy. Therapy in-it-of-itself cannot heal the brain physically; however, it can support a person through their recovery journey.

If you or someone you know have experienced a TBI and struggles to navigate life, we offer free 20-minute consultations to determine if we can help. Our Denver TBI therapist is prepared to support you or someone you know navigate TBI recovery. Submit a form here or call us at 720.295.6703.

 

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