Brain Injury--Pros and Cons

Cons:

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  • Loss of independence

  • Sensory overload (i.e. difficulties processing sensor input)

  • Emotional volatility (including depression, anxiety, rage)

  • Headaches

  • Seizures

  • Memory loss

  • Short attention span/easily distracted

  • Damaged sequential thinking

  • Trouble with task initiatio

  • Pros:

  • Heightened awareness (including self-awareness)

  • More in tune with environment

  • More of an extrovert

  • Improved ability to connect with people

  • Increased ability to discover the passion and joy in life

  • Heightened creativity

  • An amazing journey

P.S. Through my brain injury, I discovered writing and rediscovered teaching. I am an author and much better teacher.

P.P.S. My gains far outweigh my losses. I wouldn't want to repeat the experience, but I wouldn't undo it. Through my journey, I have grown as a person and I like who I have become better than the old me.