After a TBI, some people notice increased anxiety, depression, irritability, and even difficulty with sleep. Here are a few strategies to help while you are waiting to be seen by a TBI specialist:
Sometimes doing activities that are similar to how you got your brain injury can cause anxiety. Avoidance can lead to longer periods of anxiety, so see if you can gradually return to these activities.
After a brain injury, some individuals are at home (and not working) during their recovery, resulting in a lack of a routine, often leading to depression due to a lack of purpose and self-worth in their daily lives. Remaining active with a routine and accomplishing and enjoying activities throughout the day is essential during recovery.
Many individuals notice increased irritability, anger, impatience, and/or frustration with co-workers, family members, and/or daily activities after a brain injury. Relaxation strategies, such as slow, deep breathing are very helpful with slowing the body down during times of irritability and also can help to manage pain.
Many individuals describe challenges with sleep (e.g., falling asleep or staying asleep) due to distressing thoughts, pain, or other issues. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day and avoid napping as much as possible. These practices, along with being active during the day, can help to improve sleep.
TBI Psychology can assist individuals in managing their mood with psychotherapy over a short-term basis during their recovery. if you are struggling with any of the above concerns, please consult with your TBI medical provider to request an intake appointment with psychology.
As you wait to be scheduled with psychology, the following free phone applications are recommended to assist with mood management:
Concussion Coach (brain injury-related symptoms)
PTSD Coach (anxiety symptoms)
Positive Activity Jackpot (depression symptoms)
CBT-I (sleep difficulties)
Breathe2Relax and/or Mindfulness Coach (breathing and relaxation exercises)