The rehabilitation process from an acquired brain injury is a complex and challenging process for survivors and their families. They not only face challenges in adapting to changes in cognition and physical challenges but also psychologically and emotionally. Learning new approaches to cope with their new lives, symptoms that can be confusing and perplexing and shifts in their lives and roles can be highly challenging due to the distress and emotions this can create. Furthermore, individuals may often experience trauma associated with their injuries which can result in additional challenges such as post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and other difficulties that complicate their rehabilitation.
Due to the complex nature of the challenges people with acquired brain injury face it is essential that treatment providers have the expertise and training to understand and appropriately assess and treat their unique needs. As a professional I have provided services to people with acquired brain injuries and post-concussion syndrome for approximately twenty years in both intensive inpatient neurobehavioral rehabilitation and community based rehabilitation services. During my career I have supported many individuals with an acquired brain injury in their rehabilitation process and individuals with issues that may be compounding their acquired brain injury. These challenges include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use, dual diagnosis, behavioural challenges, etc. This level of training and experience supports my ability to understand and collaboratively address the needs the people that I support living with an acquired brain injury.
Suffering an acquired brain injury can be a difficult process but with appropriate supports people can learn to adapt to their acquired brain injury and learn to not let their injuries define them.
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