I have heard tbi explained in this way....it's an exaggeration of existing problems. While it can trigger something not experienced before, like depression, etc. it can also make it more pronounced if it was already present in a more minor form.
Yes, I have and do experience problems still, but I have learned so much over the last few years that I can often head them off because I'm super aware of what triggers things and try to do things to control my environment to keep from a total melt down. I still have my days though where it's not in anyone's best interest to talk to me.
I have been in 'hibernation' (sp?) the last few months...my son started day care and since I don't have to be a normal, functioning adult during the day, I'm not!
But, I'm working on it. I was just recently published in a book about people with head injuries...I guess my interview was the entire forward of the book. I was excited, but to be honest, I had no idea how far this thing was going to go.
I have gone as far as to speak on a national conference call for professionals trying to understand individuals with a brain injury.
You will come into contact with a lot of ***** in your journey...they don't know how or care to listen. I just saw a voc rehab specialist a couple of weeks ago who said she found it hard to believe I have a brain injury because I appear to be smart and I'm not drooling on myself!!!! DUH!!!!! Some people just don't get it.
The smarter you are, the more likely you are to struggle with your injury because you know how much differently your brain responds to things. I have times when I can't even figure out how my stupid shower works. I know I know the information, but it's impossible for me to access it...so I just get out of the shower, get redressed and as soon as the knowledge is available, I jump back in the shower. I just take mental note that I need to remember to rinse out the shampoo!!!! Or it gets sticky!!!
Now, what type of school are you in? Are you in high school, college, what? Have you approached someone at the school about getting help with what you're going through? Sometimes that is the best route to start with.
I will check back with you. I can't remember if you posted how you got injured, but would you mind sharing the entire story?
I got injured at 16 when I fell head first from a horse and damaged the right frontal lobe and had a contra coupe (sp?) injury...basically, bounce back. My injury was undiagnosed for 10 years because no one bothered to listen and I wasn't old enough to really understand what was going on. I just assumed that I was getting dumber by the minute. I also suffered horrid migraines for years. Some of them lasting upto 2 weeks.
Hope this finds you well. Good luck and I'll check back in a bit.