In the case of traumatic brain injury, loved ones are often unfamiliar with the concept of concussion, much less what to expect or how to help. In such unfamiliar territory, they don’t even know what questions to ask medical personnel in order to better understand. Read more for information on what a concussion is, symptoms, healing and recovery, and ways a family can help their loved one who has suffered a traumatic brain injury or concussion.
In this episode, Dr. Lori Spohr and I, as neuropsychologists, discuss the advances in traumatic brain injury over the last 30 years, the biggest struggle for traumatic brain injury sufferers and their caregivers, how the TBI patient can still hold on to hope, and what they can do to help maintain good self-care in the recovery process.
We also discuss symptoms, a typical course of recovery, and how loved ones and family members might be able to assist with recovery to help optimize healing.
Dear Dr. B, Our daughter was in a car accident on her way to college last week. Because of a concussion in the car accident, her doctor said she can’t listen to Christmas music, watch Christmas movies or even look at Christmas lights for several weeks. Those were my primary concerns until we drove home yesterday and the stress from being in the car came over me. Her car was totaled, so how do I overcome the fear of letting her drive again? How does she overcome the fear from the accident in order to drive again? Sincerely, Concussion Concerned Parent