One of the worst parts of serving in the military is the risk of serious physical or emotional injury. Unfortunately, for veterans, Traumatic Brain Injuries (or TBIs) are all too common with hundreds of thousands of troops suffering from TBIs over the past decade. Thankfully, there are things that veterans can do to deal with the aftermath of a TBI and to live a good, healthy life.

Seek Treatment

The Department of Veteran Affairs and the private sector are well aware of the massive impact that TBIs can have on the lives of veterans. Thankfully, there are ample treatment options for these individuals. Options include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychological counseling, and more. There is also CognitiveFX’s new program, which boasts a 75 percent improvement of post-concussion symptoms.

Be Patient With Yourself

A TBI can have a devastating impact on someone’s life, leaving a variety of long-term physical and emotional trauma. Often, TBI victims are frustrated, questioning their fates and feeling “weak” for having suffered from such a devastating injury. That’s why so many doctors and recovered service members always tell TBI victims to be patient with themselves. It can be a difficult and long road to recovery. Self-acceptance, understanding your new limitations, and learning to rely on your loved ones are all keys to long-term recovery.

Why TBIs Are a Big Deal

TBIs affect hundreds of thousands of veterans and millions of civilians every year. As a society, it’s time to acknowledge that people who have had TBIs deserve nothing but the very best in terms of emergency care and the chance to recover for the long term. This means working to ensure proper diagnosis too. After all, knowing the type of brain injury that you suffered can help in identifying your condition, as well as enabling doctors to give you the help that you need to heal and feel like yourself again. Without proper treatment, TBI victims may live a life without full functionality and will likely be forced to permanently rely on overburdened family and friends.

 

TBIs can have a long-term impact on those who are unlucky enough to receive one, and unfortunately, veterans are far more likely than the rest of the population to get one. However, they do not guarantee a life of pain and misery. With proper identification, diagnosis, and treatment, a veteran can live a healthy, productive life where recovery is possible.


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