After surviving a traumatic brain injury, it’s not unusual for survivors to feel alone. Despite having family and friends surrounding them, they feel isolated. Others find that contact with friends and family s diminished. If you have suffered a brain injury and find yourself feeling as if you are working through your recovery by yourself, one of these reasons may apply to you.
You have difficulty understanding what people are saying to you. You have communication problems that were not present prior to your injury. This new inability to communicate effectively may have you feeling frustrated and misunderstood.
You are self-conscious about physical injuries or reduced capabilities. You may find it more difficult to spend time with the people you care about because of the way you feel about yourself. You may worry that people will not accept you, or you may be nervous around others.
You are more irritable and quick to snap after your injury. You may be making an effort to stay away from the people you know for fear of hurting their feelings. The people you know may be avoiding you because they are worried about the things you may say or do.
You are frequently fatigued and your energy level is low. This is common after a traumatic brain injury. You may not have the energy to participate in the activities you used to enjoy. The people in your life may be worried about tiring you out by asking you to participate in outings or events.
You are still experiencing physical pain. This pain can make it hard to do things you once did. You may have physical limitations that you have not yet figured out how to work into your new life.
You are no longer social and it is difficult to meet new people. You may have stopped working, playing sports, or participating in community activities. This is where your social group is