After a brain injury, life changes. One day, everything is fine, and then suddenly one has to deal with a comprehensive shift in reality neurologically, psychologically, emotionally, socially and even spiritually. Survivors go from life as “normal” to dealing with deficits that extend into all aspects of their existence.
Without the helpful interventions, brain injury survivors have their deficits predominate in their personalities. This often renders them socially unacceptable, awkward and unemployable. Many tend to withdraw and isolate themselves, also studies have shown that survivors tend to self medicate with drugs and/or alcohol. Others may act out or exhibit behavioral issues. When left to deal with the complications of brain injury alone, the burden on the individual can be overwhelming.
This suggests a need to consider additional support when brain injury survivors enter back into the community.