Brain Injury Dialogues: Brain Injury Pride
[Brain Injury Dialogues] There is a great strength in the disability community. You know--what we're learning these days is that the disability tragic models has gone out the window. That's it from times past. What we have now disability is pride, disability cool, disability chic--you know. To think of a brain injury as a source of pride, is a revolutionary concept. Iit's so different from the medical model. To think I'm brain injured and I'm proud of it? That is turning the tables upside down. Mark asked us to wait in the garage for a moment. He wanted to show us something that helped illustrate his point. This says a lot about brain injury. For me personally, I had a frontal lobe injury, and the frontal lobe affects your personality. Lots of people with frontal lobe injuries have disinhibition. One way disinhibition expresses itself is through anger, so lots of people who you'll talk to will have expressions of anger, maybe violent outbursts, but for me, one way my personality changed was I lost the capacity to be shy. Wally, sit. Rehab professionals always like to tell you about the negative parts about disinhibition. Disinhibition can cause people to say things immediately, but on the flip side, lots of people with brain injuries who have frontal lobe syndrome, if they have disinhibition, they will be far more exuberant. Like they'll be--they can tend to be performers, those sorts of things. They can be out. This is an area that's not really explored in rehab because people think of deficits. People think of changes as deficits, not what can they do as a result of it. [Brain Injury Dialogues] [Written and directed: Lyell Davies & Rick Franklin] [For more information: www.braininjurydialogues.org]
Posted on BrainLine May 21, 2009.