Assistant Psychologist, Tara Bishop, offers advice on coping with anxiety after brain injury.
“Evidence suggests a strong correlation between brain injury and anxiety. Often individuals have difficulties they have not experienced before and they become uneasy about how they will cope with these difficulties in various situations. Regulation of emotion is often much more difficult following Brain Injury and this can cause this apprehension to be exacerbated. These difficulties could be more subtle executive functions such as planning and organising, switching attention or decision making, as well as more obvious difficulties such as memory problems or physical impairments. Any of these changes can impact on an individual’s confidence and increase anxiety levels.
“During the recovery process individuals re-build their confidence and reduce their anxiety, but in some cases anxiety will persist. Anxiety at times is completely normal, but intense, persisting anxiety can impact on recovery. Anxiety can limit the ability to reflect on our experiences. This in turn can make recovery far more difficult.
“Headway Thames Valley is here to support individuals in their recovery, and support them to regain the confidence to be as independent as possible.”
– Tara Bishop