During stroke and TBI rehabilitation and recovery, many survivors describe feeling lonely, whether or not there are other family members in the house. For example, it can feel difficult to explain the complexities of brain injury to friends, co-workers, and family members. You might even feel self-conscious about your condition, worrying about feeling different or less capable. In addition, communication problems stemming from your injury, like aphasia, can make relating to other people and explaining your thoughts and feelings seem difficult.
Does this sound familiar?
Here are 5 suggestions for ways to help you feel less isolated at home and more hopeful while recovering from stroke and brain injury.
As always, check with your healthcare provider to make sure you’re not battling clinical depression. Some level of feeling down is normal during recovery but potentially debilitating depression affects a significant number of survivors. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Stroke showed proof of the correlation between stroke recovery and depression, but also demonstrated that treatment for depression can be fairly straightforward and successful if the symptoms are recognized and managed early on.