Article Title: Some Practical Issues in Dealing with Head Injury
Category (key words): head injury, brain injury, neuro-psychology
Publishing Guidelines: I hope that the following piece may be informative to others. This article
may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. If it helps
anyone "out there in the often very difficult, but always amazing 'journey of life' in any way, then we're very happy.

"We share what we know, so that we all may grow.
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SOME PRACTICAL ISSUES IN DEALING WITH HEAD INJURY:

Introduction:
Craig has a close personal interest in this area and has been researching and studying in this field for nearly twenty years. He hopes that by sharing this information, it will make some difference in those lives affected by brain injury.
There are many misconceptions and a great lack of understanding about this condition, so here is some general information that I hope may be able to help others.
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Some common effects of head injury:

1. Lack of Insight

2. Memory problems

3. Poor concentration.

4. Slowed responses

5. Poor planning and problem-solving

6. Lack of initiave - the person is often incorrectly labelled as "lazy"

7. Lack of flexibility -ie. a "one track" mind

8. Impulsivity

9. Self-centredness
and

10.Dependancy.

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CONCLUSION:

Sometimes the person with a head injury will have a feeling of continual struggle to try and cope with the day-to-day complexities of the world. Most frustrating! A common reaction to these difficulties is to avoid the situations, to withdraw into a less complex and demanding environment.

So AVOID situations that cause you undue stress.

Through therapy and involvement in normal life situations, the patient may continue to recover for several years...in fact over the period of a lifetime.

However, an individual of forceful personality, with a high tolerance of frustration, showing drive, determination and great resilience, will win through in the end more successfully than someone of less robust temperament. Time is a great healer as new neural connections can be made to replace previously injured areas of the brain.
These connections are strengthened with daily practice and the head-injured person
can even amaze their concerned families....

and may even in time live a relatively "normal" life.

Craig Lock

P.S: To end off, enjoy these thoughts...

"We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring
of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination
within each one of us; but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from
without, by a Higher Source - the Source of Life and Love, which is God, the
very Ground of our Being."

"When you can see no light at the end of the tunnel, light
your own candle and let your light illuminate the world,
like the radiance from a window at midnight." That's a
metaphor, BTW

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the seemingly difficult path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you."

"When the world is filled with love, peoples hearts are overflowing
with hope."
- craig

Author's Bio: 

Craig has a close personal interest in this area and has been researching and studying in this field for nearly twenty years. He hopes that by sharing this information, it will make some difference in those lives affected by brain injury.
"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the seemingly difficult path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you."

"When the world is filled with love, peoples hearts are overflowing
with hope."
- craig