The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported that more than 1.4 million traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases occur every year. Around 20 percent of these cases are the result of a motor vehicle accident (MVA). The CDC also reports that of those injured, at least 50,000 die due to TBI annually.
For TBI victims who survive, life will never be the same. Unlike other common injuries that occur in MVAs, broken bones for example, the harm done by a TBI will not be fixed after surgery and a month in a cast. A TBI is for life. Those that suffer a TBI may never be able to do the same things again. Work, communication, hobbies and everything else may become impossible.
After the immediate medical procedures, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation, the challenges are just beginning. Sometimes, the patient never truly becomes medically stable and will probably require near 24 hour assistance and supervision. This can be a heavy burden on a family trying to balance their own lives with the frequent hospital trips and consultations. In these cases, it is not uncommon to place the patient in a healthcare facility.
Aside from the physical impairments, there are also emotional hardships. Individuals suffering from a TBI can be prone to extreme mood swings and emotional outbursts. A pair of neurologists recently studied 33 people with a TBI, and found that about 50 percent of them were suffering from clinical anxiety and depression.
The study examined the two different types of coping, adaptive and non-productive. Those that were non-productive resorted to self-blaming, denial, drug and alcohol abuse, etc. Those that were able to make the fullest recovery were those that chose to adapt. The individuals that chose to accept their situation and move on, incorporating fun and humor, were leading more enjoyable lives.
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