Thinking of you
An online acquaintance from another TBI forum in which was offered this recently, and is shared here with permission by the OP:
"I went to a seminar a couple years ago and listened to a speaker who was contracted by both the U.S. Department of Labour and the Veterans Administration about the correlation between TBI and PTSD. His comments had an impact to remain with me all this time."
" Statistically speaking, about 75% of TBI survivors also have some form of PTSD, primarily because they have survived a traumatic event. PTSD does not require one to survive a battle situation or live fire situation. It simply requires that a person survive a traumatic event. Survivors of rape, incest, abuse, car accident, fire, etc also suffer similar occurences of PTSD. Any form of physical or emotional injury with long lasting effects incurs PTSD in the vast majority of people."
"One of the major implications, often translated by survivors of TBI, is something referred to as 'overwhelm'. Disinhibition, apathy, emotional lability can also be results of PTSD and not just the TBI. Overwhelm is more commonly associated because of the shared factors. Over-stimulation of cognition, emotion, behaviors, in an enclosed space causing either improper over-reaction or complete shut down to the stimuli (we either freak out or shut everything out)."
"The combination of both TBI and PTSD place you at a higher risk for clinical depression. (Each one raises the risk for depression by 33%; every chronic medical problem raises the chance of depression by one third, basically). My chances of being clinically depressed are statistically 166.5%, which makes me wonder why I'm not dangling from my shoestrings when I look at that figure, then I realize it's probably because I never allowed statistics to determine my life before. Seriously, one of the best best ways to assist with depression, PTSD, TBI, and most other chronic illnesses is humour. I use it and abuse it, freely. It keeps me sane, and probably assists me in more than I realize. I have apathy, emotional lability, and overwhelm, the disinhibition I've gotten under some control."
"If you have something to keep you focused during the day, it will help, and avoiding certain triggers will definitely help. PTSD is often set by triggers, events that simulate the occurence of the initial event."
My best to you,
50s Babyboomer; 2008 high-impact rear-ended/totalled-MVC, closed-head injury->pcs ... "Still dealing with it."
1993, Fell on black ice; first closed-head injury; life-altering.
Each and every day I am better and better. I affirm and give thanks that it is so.