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Climbing the Everest Within

“The Hidden Handicap” (or “The Silent Epidemic”, as it is often called) https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/category/head-brain-injury/ https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/tag/head-injury/page/2/ https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/tag/medical-information/ and   https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/category/chronic-fatigue/ from http://www.livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com   picture from https://livingwithheadbraininjury.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/when-faced-with-a-mountain-i-will-not-quit/ “We share what we know, so that we all may grow.” picture from   . https://climbingmountainsandchasingdreams.wordpress.com/ “Together, one … Continue reading

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Living with Head Injury: The Effects of Fatigue

THE EFFECTS OF FATIGUE: I wake up every morning feeling exhausted, as if I haven’t had a good night’s rest. ALWAYS. A bit light-headed too – no very HEAVY-headed. It’s hard to describe the feeling. I feel I could sleep … Continue reading

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What Does it Feel Like to be Brain Damaged?

It is generally accepted that people working with individuals who have any type of handicap, should have a certain amount of empathy with their clients and should strive to understand how their clients feel and think. People working with those who are brain damaged have a particularly hard time doing so. One can have some understanding of what it means to be blind by simply closing one?s eyes; yet how can a normal person understand what it feels like to be brain damaged?

I am in the unusual position of being a trained clinical psychologist who suffered brain damage and who has slowly recovered most of my facilities. In other words, I have been on the outside looking in, and also, on the inside looking out at the world of the brain damaged person. At this point in my recovery, I have a foot in both worlds, for I can remember what it felt like to be completely normal intellectually, and also what it felt like when loss of function was at its worst.

Perhaps this informal and very subjective narrative may be of some help in assisting normal people to empathize a little better with the brain damaged individual. For, unfortunately, most brain damaged people are unable to explain precisely how they feel; those who have been brain damaged since birth, of course, have never had the experience of functioning normally and thus have no standard of comparison of their present state with that of others. Continue reading

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