Janet Rosen wrote:
sorry to be late on this thread (a double whammy of thumb arthritis/wrist tendinitis reducing computer time)
Yo! Janet! Per those sword exercises you've done for years -- you HAVE checked out your brachioradialis, right? If not, please do so you can get back to typing!
"psychological" problems. they are not. they are organic brain damage problems and the most important thing is for the person/friends family and employers to understand is that mood swings, temper issues, crying, concentration etc is NOT a psychological response, it is an organic physical event.
The fallout from a fractured skull and severe concussion included devastating fatigue, depression, confusion, memory and sequencing problems -- and a divorce as I wasn't ME anymore and the cutie at the office was much more attractive. On the other hand, I was exhausted by his temper and other odd behaviors, and angry that he didn't understand that the symptoms of TBI don't magically heal or vanish just because we think they should.
What I never considered was that he was injured too. Shortly after we married, and long before my injury, he fell backwards off a bike onto the concrete sidewalk, hitting so hard that fluid gushed out his ears. Of course he was "All right!" and refused to see a doctor. I will never know how much of his subsequent behavior was simply because he was no longer HIM. But I do know this -- I am the one who didn't understand.
It's tough tough tough to separate the purely psychological (perhaps the "nurture" end of the spectrum) from the biology, but it has to be done. As Janet says, these are organic physical events. They can include everything from ADD and reading problems to fibromyalgia, sleep apnea and twitchy legs at night -- to murder.
For some vivid illustrations of brains, damage, and deficits, see www.brainplace.com
-- and please folks, do everything you can to keep YOURS safe. It's you, it's everything you are, and in the end, it's the only thing you've got.