Keep Reaching Out for Help After a TBI

Soldiers with TBI and their families should not stop looking for help and guidance; recovery will not happen if people isolate themselves.

To soldiers or family members who are getting discouraged about their recovery, [Tina Trudel, Ph.D, President, Chief Operating Officer, Lakeview Companies] the thing I would say is to not stop reaching out. You don't know who or what is coming out there that will help you, that has something to offer you, or that maybe a hand or a guide or a shoulder to lean on in your journey. But for all of us, it is just that, it's just a journey, and those sources of strength come from both within us and outside of us whether it's through our family relations, our spiritual life. Whatever that is, don't stop connecting, don't stop reaching out. It never gets better when you just turn inward and isolate yourself.
Posted on BrainLine August 29, 2012.

Produced by Krystal Klingenberg, Justin Rhodes, and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine.

About the author: Tina Trudel

Tina M. Trudel, PhD is president/COO of the Lakeview Companies, a leader in brain injury rehab, medically complex care and neurobehavioral treatment, overseeing a national care continuum. She is researcher/former site director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center-Charlottesville.

Tina Trudel