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Lifestyle changes to accommodate brain injuries

Pennsylvania residents who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury may find themselves struggling with the recovery process for a long time to come. Depending on the type of injury, the intensity, and the location, it's possible that lifestyle changes will need to be made in order to make daily living easier.

Changed Lives, New Journeys shows the numerous different cognitive and physical impacts that traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can have on an individual. They show that these impacts differ depending on the injury's severity, but say that people report similar life changes in the end. These changes can occur in many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Employment or education
  • Housing situations or home life
  • Development and self-esteem
  • Financial situations

Simply put, TBIs affect a large swath of lifestyle areas. People could find themselves having trouble with memory, which may affect their ability to pay bills on time. Increased agitation and irritability can lead to issues with relationships between family members, friends, or significant others.

The Guardian recently did a piece following sufferers from TBIs and how their lives have since changed. Over and over, a common theme is how long the recovery process takes and how much can change in a person's life in that time. Many people cannot return to work immediately. A number won't be able to return to the same level of work that they had before. Adjusting one's work schedule to fit their new limits can be difficult, but is ultimately important for recovery.

Taking time to recover and adjust is key to making the transition from injured to healing to healed. While the road to recovery can be steep and difficult, these adjustments can help make things more manageable.

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