PTSD Freezes Reading Homework Out

Relearning how to read comes in fits and starts when you have PTSD in addition to brain injury. Reading is probably more vulnerable to being sidetracked than other aspects of recovery because it is so difficult cognitively and, for me, fraught with issues of loss and identity and being part of mainstream society. One of […]

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Gamma Brainwave Biofeedback and the Healing of Emotions in PTSD and Brain Injury

Brain injury can lead to emotions turning off, short circuiting, the frontal lobes not mediating the reptilian brain. PTSD can lead to emotions being blocked. Having the two makes mood and feeling emotions like being on a rudderless ship in an unpredictable gale. So where does gamma brainwave biofeedback fit in? If brain biofeedback or […]

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Reading Ground Zero: Observing my Reading After Brain Injury

My Neurodoc is into the dribs and drabs method the last few months. For most of my post-brain injury years, I’ve roared ahead at top speed, first trying to get back as quickly as possible to my life, then to regain necessary skills as quickly as possible, then to normalize some skills and continue to […]

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Reading Rehab Take Umpteen After Brain Injury: My Neurodoc and I

A new year, a new blogging direction. 2014 was a shit year, pardon my swearing. But really, I’m heartily glad to see the back of it. Bring on 2015! May it bring hope. My brain biofeedback is continuing as usual, no dramatic changes in me from it; since my neurodoc changed direction right at the […]

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Christmas Break From Health Care

With the way the Christmas and New Year’s dates fall, I’ll be off from some of my health care appointments three weeks instead of two. Most times I looked forward to a break, some years I even tried to extend it, but it’s a measure of how much my routine sustains me these days that […]

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Novelling Can Help Only So Much With PTSD

Writing is good for me. Writing a novel during NaNoWriMo is exciting and takes me out of the reality of my PTSD and brain injury. But writing can only do so much. And when reality intrudes in the form of a requested conversation with one’s insurance broker, the heart can go a little wonky. I […]

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Brain Injury, Brain Healing, and Emerging Personality

I wrote on the back cover of my book Concussion Is Brain Injury that I had died when I suffered a closed head injury, not literally physically died, but the person that I was died that day. Since then, my health care professionals and I have talked on and off about who I am. This […]

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Trauma Therapy is Hard on Therapist and Client Alike

Things I’ve been told: “A therapist is closer to you than a husband.” “Tell your therapist EVERYTHING. Don’t hold back.” “A 24/7 number is not about calling it but knowing you can reach someone when you’re in crisis.” “AA sponsor/sponsee is about knowing you can call any time even though maybe only have to once.” […]

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More Mines in the PTSD Minefield Courtesy of Brain Injury

In the spirit of my intention to write about my emotions since healing my traumatic memories, recovering the ability to feel is the part of my brain injury recovery I’ve barely touched, I write today’s post on new mines in my PTSD minefield. Deep breath. Before my brain injury I had this empathic ability to […]

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