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    Quote Originally Posted by LilMissPurrfect View Post
    The "new" version of you may be struggling to explain what's going on in your head when you don't even understand yourself....... ... and even though you'll never completely be your "old" self again.....as long as you don't quit you're one step closer than you were yesterday.
    thank you LMP...that is all anyone that has suffered a TBI can do...just keep putting 1 foot in front of the other and adjust to the days that arent so good for us...thank gawd for the red lines under the words eh?...i know i am grateful to the red underlines...lol

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    I'm glad you found your way back here, you bring lots of laughs and pep here lol I hope its helped as kind of a healing place I know I come here
    to forgot about everything life seems to bring and here I get to have a few minutes to just be goofy and laugh and be creative whatever
    suits my fancy, but I'm very grateful your a part of it.. Sometimes when your heart is happy your mind can be free.. if only for a little while ♥

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manzy View Post
    I'm glad you found your way back here, you bring lots of laughs and pep here lol I hope its helped as kind of a healing place I know I come here
    to forgot about everything life seems to bring and here I get to have a few minutes to just be goofy and laugh and be creative whatever
    suits my fancy, but I'm very grateful your a part of it.. Sometimes when your heart is happy your mind can be free.. if only for a little while ♥
    thanks manzy...you are such a sweet friend and i am really thankful we met this time around as well...but to be totally honest as i always am..i am what you see here on the Roo concerning me is how i am in the real world...just some days are harder than others and i express those days in my posts as well as the good ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadkill View Post
    thanks manzy...you are such a sweet friend and i am really thankful we met this time around as well...but to be totally honest as i always am..i am what you see here on the Roo concerning me is how i am in the real world...just some days are harder than others and i express those days in my posts as well as the good ones

    As popeye used to say I yam what I yam LOL!! I'm everything you see here as well, it wasn't until a few years ago I started expressing myself more and saying how I feel instead of keeping it inside forever! Although that hasn't always panned out lol! I say it as I see it and its ok to agree to disagree, I just run to my corner and eventually get over it, I think it all goes back to my adolescent development... Anywho I'm glad you express yourself its good for the soul and again I'm so glad your here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manzy View Post



    rotflmao...now that is funny...thanks manzy you made me laugh when i dont even feel like smiling

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    thanks sis...god bless you

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadkill View Post

    rotflmao...now that is funny...thanks manzy you made me laugh when i dont even feel like smiling
    a little humor goes a long way LOL!! Glad you got a pick me up from it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manzy View Post
    a little humor goes a long way LOL!! Glad you got a pick me up from it
    thanks my sweet friend...it sure does...i use humor as a medicine..some of my friends think i am just nuts as it seems the worse things are or were...i always find the humor in any situation and since it snowed here...something a little softer than a rock..... ..lmao

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    I call it amazing ...

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    I call it amazing ...


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    Brain injury and emotions
    A brain injury can change the way people feel or express emotions. An individual with TBI can have several types of emotional problems.
    Difficulty controlling emotions or “mood swings”
    Some people may experience emotions very quickly and intensely but with very little lasting effect. For example, they may get angry easily but get over it quickly. Or they may seem to be “on an emotional roller coaster” in which they are happy one moment, sad the next and then angry. This is called emotional lability.
    What causes this problem?

    • Mood swings and emotional lability are often caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls emotions and behavior.
    • Often there is no specific event that triggers a sudden emotional response. This may be confusing for family members who may think they accidently did something that upset the injured person.
    • In some cases the brain injury can cause sudden episodes of crying or laughing. These emotional expressions or outbursts may not have any relationship to the way the persons feels (in other words, they may cry without feeling sad or laugh without feeling happy). In some cases the emotional expression may not match the situation (such as laughing at a sad story). Usually the person cannot control these expressions of emotion.

    What can be done about it?

    • Fortunately, this situation often improves in the first few months after injury, and people often return to a more normal emotional balance and expression.
    • If you are having problems controlling your emotions, it is important to talk to a physician or psychologist to find out the cause and get help with treatment.
    • Counseling for the family can be reassuring and allow them to cope better
    • on a daily basis.
    • Several medications may help improve or stabilize mood. You should consult a physician familiar with the emotional problems caused by brain injury.

    What family members and others can do:

    • Remain calm if an emotional outburst occurs, and avoid reacting emotionally yourself.
    • Take the person to a quiet area to help him or her calm down and regain control.
    • Acknowledge feelings and give the person a chance to talk about feelings.
    • Provide feedback gently and supportively after the person gains control.
    • Gently redirect attention to a different topic or activity.

    Anxiety
    Anxiety is a feeling of fear or nervousness that is out of proportion to the situation. People with brain injury may feel anxious without exactly knowing why. Or they may worry and become anxious about making too many mistakes, or “failing” at a task, or if they feel they are being criticized. Many situations can be harder to handle after brain injury and cause anxiety, such as being in crowds, being rushed, or adjusting to sudden changes in plan.
    Some people may have sudden onset of anxiety that can be overwhelming (“panic attacks”). Anxiety may be related to a very stressful situation — sometimes the situation that caused the injury — that gets “replayed” in the person’s mind over and over and interferes with sleep (“post traumatic stress disorder”). Since each form of anxiety calls for a different treatment, anxiety should always be diagnosed by a mental health professional or physician.
    What causes anxiety after TBI?

    • Difficulty reasoning and concentrating can make it hard for the person with TBI to solve problems. This can make the person feel overwhelmed, especially if he or she is being asked to make decisions.
    • Anxiety often happens when there are too many demands on the injured person, such as returning to employment too soon after injury. Time pressure can also heighten anxiety.
    • Situations that require a lot of attention and information-processing can make people with TBI anxious. Examples of such situations might be crowded environments, heavy traffic or noisy children.

    What can be done about anxiety?

    • Try to reduce the environmental demands and unnecessary stresses that may be causing anxiety.
    • Provide reassurance to help calm the person and allow them to reduce their feelings of anxiety when they occur.
    • Add structured activities into the daily routine, such as exercising, volunteering, church activities or self-help groups.
    • Anxiety can be helped by certain medications, by psychotherapy (counseling) from a mental health professional who is familiar with TBI, or a combination of medications and counseling.

    Depression
    Feeling sad is a normal response to the losses and changes a person faces after TBI. Feelings of sadness, frustration and loss are common after brain injury. These feelings often appear during the later stages of recovery, after the individual has become more aware of the long-term situation. If these feelings become overwhelming or interfere with recovery, the person may be suffering from depression.
    Symptoms of depression include feeling sad or worthless, changes in sleep or appetite, difficulty concentrating, withdrawing from others, loss of interest or pleasure in life, lethargy (feeling tired and sluggish), or thoughts of death or suicide.
    Because signs of depression are also symptoms of a brain injury itself, having these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean the injured person is depressed. The problems are more likely to mean depression if they show up a few months after the injury rather than soon after it.
    What causes depression?

    • Depression can arise as the person struggles to adjust to temporary or lasting disability and loss or to changes in one’s roles in the family and society caused by the brain injury.
    • Depression may also occur if the injury has affected areas of the brain that control emotions. Both biochemical and physical changes in the brain can cause depression.

    What can be done about depression?

    • Anti-depressant medications, psychotherapy (counseling) from a mental health professional who is familiar with TBI, or a combination of the two, can help most people who have depression.
    • Aerobic exercise and structured activities during each day can sometimes help reduce depression.
    • Depression is not a sign of weakness, and it is not anyone’s fault. Depression is an illness. A person cannot get over depression by simply wishing it away, using more willpower or “toughening up.”
    • It is best to get treatment early to prevent needless suffering. Don’t wait.

    Temper outbursts and irritability
    Family members of individuals with TBI often describe the injured person as having a “short fuse,” “flying off the handle” easily, being irritable or having a quick temper. Studies show that up to 71% of people with TBI are frequently irritable. The injured person may yell, use bad language, throw objects, slam fists into things, slam doors, or threaten or hurt family members or others.
    What causes this problem?
    Temper outbursts after TBI are likely caused by several factors, including:

    • Injury to the parts of the brain that control emotional expression.
    • Frustration and dissatisfaction with the changes in life brought on by the injury, such as loss of one’s job and independence.
    • Feeling isolated, depressed or misunderstood.
    • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, expressing oneself or following conversations, all of which can lead to frustration.
    • Tiring easily.
    • Pain.

    What can be done about temper problems?

    • Reducing stress and decreasing irritating situations can remove some of the triggers for temper outbursts and irritability.
    • People with brain injury can learn some basic anger management skills such as self-calming strategies, relaxation and better communication methods. A psychologist or other mental health professional familiar with TBI can help.
    • Certain medications can be prescribed to help control temper outbursts.

    Family members can help by changing the way they react to the temper outbursts:

    • Understand that being irritable and getting angry easily is due to the brain injury. Try not to take it personally.
    • Do not try to argue with the injured person during an outburst. Instead, let him or her cool down for a few minutes first.
    • Do not try to calm the person down by giving into his or her demands.
    • Set some rules for communication. Let the injured person know that it is not acceptable to yell at, threaten or hurt others. Refuse to talk to the injured person when he or she is yelling or throwing a temper tantrum.
    • After the outburst is over, talk about what might have led to the outburst. Encourage the injured person to discuss the problem in a calm way. Suggest other outlets, such as leaving the room and taking a walk (after letting others know when he/she will return) when the person feels anger coming on.

    Questions to ask your physician or treatment provider to better understand your problem
    If you or your family members are experiencing anxiety, feelings of sadness or depression, irritability or mood swings, consider asking your doctor:

    • Would psychological counseling be helpful?
    • Would an evaluation by a psychiatrist be helpful?
    • Are there medications that can help?

    More about medications
    If you or your family member tries a medication for one of these problems, it is very important to work closely with the physician or other health care provider who prescribes them. Always make a follow-up appointment to let him or her know how the medication is working, and report any unusual reactions between appointments. Remember that:

    • There can be a delay until the beneficial effects of medications are felt.
    • Doses might need to be adjusted by your doctor for maximum benefit.
    • You may need to try one or more different medications to find the one that works best
    • for you.
    • Except in an emergency, you should not stop taking a prescribed medication without consulting your doctor.

    Peer and other support
    Remember, too, that not all help comes from professionals! You may benefit from:

    • A brain injury support group — some are specialized for the person with TBI, others are for family members, and others are open to everyone affected by brain injury.
    • Peer mentoring, in which a person who has coped with brain injury for a long time gives support and suggestions to someone who is struggling with similar problems.
    • Check with your local Brain Injury Association chapter to find out more about these resources. Go to Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of America to find brain injury resources near you.
    • Talk to a friend, family member, member of the clergy or someone else who is a good listener.

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