Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your TBI Questions
At TryMunity, we understand that you may have a number of questions about brain injury’s effects. Below are some common questions and answers to help you along your journey to recovery.
How Prevalent are Brain Injuries?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, nearly 1.7 million people each year are affected by traumatic brain injuries, while nearly one million more are affected by acquired brain injuries. This means that every 16 seconds, someone in America suffers a brain injury.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Each case of brain injury is unique, and treatment and recovery must be approached individually. For some, a full recovery may take weeks to months, while for others, recovery will be about managing the brain injury for life. In some cases, recovery will require various therapies that are meant to slowly assist in the recovery process. These therapies may include physical therapy, speech therapy, cognitive therapy, and more.
How Do I Explain My Brain Injury to Others?
Whether you’ve suffered a brain injury or you’ve been affected by the brain injury of a loved one, explaining the experience can be difficult at first. While you’re looking for answers for yourself, it can be hard to know what to say to others. Although brain injuries affect millions each year, sadly, the general public is still not educated about them. When talking about your brain injury to others, just remember that it’s about patience. Your experience is unique to you, and the answers to questions about your experience will be unique as well.
Is There Such a Thing as Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?
Yes, there is. In cases of concussion, for instance, a brain injury has been suffered even if it isn’t considered severe.
With that said, all brain injuries are serious and deserving of medical attention. If you have suffered any type of trauma to the head—even if you feel fine at the moment—you still need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even mild TBI can turn into something more serious if not addressed quickly.
Will I Be Able to Live a “Normal” life?
After suffering a brain injury, you or your loved one may be facing a variety of unique challenges, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy life. In fact, many people who have been affected by brain injuries are able to go on to do many of the things they did before the injury occurred. While it may take some adjusting to, your life after a brain injury doesn’t need to be limited.
To see how others have gone on to thrive, please visit our stories of inspiration and stories of hope pages.