Brain Injury and Social Isolation

Traumatic brain injury or TBI, particularly when it is assessed by doctors as moderate or severe, often leaves people with cognitive as well as physical problems.  These can include difficulties with decision-making, insight, also the integration of thinking and feeling.  Understandably these adversely affect communication and personal relationships, and sometimes persist even after someone has regained full mobility.

Brain Injury: Family and Friends are vital

Input from family and close friends is of vital importance to a patient’s morale during their recovery, which has been confirmed by various studies and is why formal rehabilitation must involve family members.

Activity improves brain function

Professor Lindsay McLellan, Emeritus Professor of Neuro Rehabilitation at Southampton University says that after traumatic brain injury, continuing appropriate social and recreational activities, can improve neurological function over many months and years.  This is believed to be due to the characteristic of traumatic brain injury tending to damage connections between nerve cells across many parts of the brain, which can then be repaired if stimulated by frequent use.  However, this means that if someone develops inappropriate behaviour due to that damage and it is allowed to continue, it may become hard to reverse.

Brain injury and Social connections

You may think that the faster someone returns to normal life, the better they must have recovered.  However significant impairments of emotional intelligence may not be obvious early on and only become apparent after they are otherwise well enough to return to work.

Head Injury UK: Brain Injury Claim Experts

At Head Injury UK our specialist brain injury solicitors understand that without the right rehabilitation guidance someone may feel isolated and misunderstood, angry and depressed.  Once in this spiral, it can be very difficult to stop it.  This is where the support of family and friends is essential to optimise the professional rehabilitation and reduce the risk of depression, as well as unemployment, family breakup and worsening social isolation.  If you or a loved one has been affected by traumatic brain injury caused by someone else, please contact Ian Shovlin or call on 0800 073 0988.



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