“It’s not what happens to you that matters as much, but how you respond and cope with what’s happened to you.”
“We know ourselves best living with the cognitive effects (daily). Health professionals may guide, but you are best placed to develop strategies that help us cope most effectively (to combat deficits).”
Brain injury survivors and their families often ask doctors and therapists about how long it will take for brain injuries to heal. This would seem like a simple and straightforward question, but the answer to this question is actually quite complex. One of the chief factors that makes any such answer so complex is that different parts of the brain may heal at different speeds.
We often talk about the brain as if it were one unitary body part, but in truth it is made up of many interconnected parts. For instance, there are distinct left and right sides of the brain that are connected by a set of neurons known as the corpus callosum. Each side of the brain can be split into many different component parts. These parts function interdependently, but each part has its own unique purpose.
When a survivor received a brain injury, different areas of the brain may have been damaged…
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