A new brain injury – living alone
Are you alone with a brain injury?
The following checklists will help you to understand if you should seek further help and support.
If you have sustained any kind of head injury, it is possible that you will not understand the severity of your condition. Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury. You may be confused about why you feel poorly and might be waiting to feel better. You may look fine and not recognise that you are acting differently.
You may rely on people telling you what to do and not realise they may not know.
It is also possible that the severity of your symptoms may not have been fully understood at any initial assessment by a medical professional(s). If you have a responsible adult or family member who will be able to assist you, please ask them to give you their full support.
If you are that friend or family member, and someone has shared this with you and asked you for your support, please give it unconditionally and without questions. It is really easy for the people around us to mistake the symptoms of our brain injuries for ‘normal’ stresses within the personality, especially post-trauma.
Give a yes or no answer to the following questions:
- Are you alone with a brain injury?
- Have you been dismissed by doctors?
- Have you been told that things will improve on their own?
- Do you get confused easily?
- Have you lost some memory?
- Does life seem different?
- Do you have problems with daily routines?
- Do you believe your brain now works differently?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ then you need help.
Print out and check the guide below for further signs of brain injury. Take the information to your doctor.