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Depression or Anger?

I  have been reading various comments from several different Strokes, Brain Injuries and Aphasia  online Support Groups and realized the commonality is Depression.   A person  will outwardly seem to be in a state of self-isolation, and may have unusual sleeping or eating habits.  After reading journals and speaking with experts I have finally realized depression can be a result of ANGER.  Most people hold their anger in, and after reading and speaking to people in depression their anger can cause the depression.  Stroke survivors, Aphasiacs, Brain injury survivors live in a world of the unknown –

  • fear of another stroke or TIA
  • the ups and downs of rehabilitation
  • frustration
  • coping skills
  • Why me?
  • Disappointment in family or friends – not understanding “you should feel better by now”, “just get over it”, “the rolling eyes when you are using your coping skill” and my all time favorite “stop babying yourself”.

How to deal with anger;  Allow  yourself to feel the anger and think about the best approach to deal with these people – do not get emotional – the anxiety could make you ill.  Write a letter expressing your anger – but do not send it.  Counseling, meditation, and medications can be helpful.   If you begin to feel like hurting yourself such as falling down stairs talk to someone. These are natural feelings for people with depression/anger.

Think of these people/comments as nuisances. You had the courage and perseverance to work through your trauma.  You are the hero, they are just ignorant.

 

 

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Silent and Listen

Silent and listen are  key elements within a  conversation.  This is especially true for people with aphasia.  Background noise distracts and can cause confusion for the person with aphasia.  Both parties need to listen in able to comprehend what is being said and to understand each other.  There will be moments when the person with aphasia needs more time to comprehend or respond to your comments – silence on your part is extremely helpful for the person with aphasia. It allows them to collect their thoughts and respond. Ironically there is a commonality to Silent and Listen in all conversations

 SILENT and LISTEN share the same letters. 

 

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A Hug Always Helps

There are times during the recover of a stroke, brain injury and aphasia you feel isolated.  A quiet hug can lift our spirits and help us feel better.  I remember sitting on the couch with my mother, suffering from cancer, holding hands, without conversation, just that human touch that says I understand and I love you.  Survivors of a stroke, brain injury and  the frustration of aphasia –  sometimes just need a HUG.

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Snow Storms – Reminder for stoke survivors

SNOW, SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!   FRUSTRATION, FRUSTRATION, FRUSTRATION!  CABIN FEVER,  FEELING ISOLATED AND ANXIOUS. Most people have these feelings especially stroke survivors and people with aphasia. Most aphasiacs  have trouble speaking on the phone when nervous  or upset which can make these feelings exasperated.

Stop, slow down and go back to the basics.   What to do to feel better?

1. Call your neighbor and invite them to your home for a cup of tea and help with anything you need done.  Trust me they will be glad to help and will feel better about themselves.  This is important especially for medications. Be sure you have enough for four or five days.

2. Be sure to wear your medical alert device.

3. Use the coping skills you learned in rehabilitation.

4. If you need some groceries ask your neighbor to pick them up for you or if you can use the computer order online for delivery I do this frequently – they will bring the food into your home – usually kitchen table..

5.  Do not attempt to shovel or walk on the snow and ice alone, ask the person driving to help you. Your walking device can be dangerous in the snow.

6.  Watch television, a DVD, knit mittens for your family, crochet a small chair throw, as a gift for your neighbor. My favorite is to work on word puzzles.

7.  Read a good book  “Finding My Voice with Aphasia”, ” The Unbroken” or a whatever genre you enjoy.

8. Most importantly stay safe but if you are not feeling well or unusual call 911

Remember safety first, take care of yourself and ask for help

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Sick of Stress or does Stress make you sick?

That is the topic on ” Sharing Experiences – Knowledge is Power” on Toginet  Thursday @ 11am.  

Thank you to my listeners.

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Relaxing and Regenerating

Relaxing and Regenerating.

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Relaxing and Regenerating

Stress can cause many problems for people especially stroke survivors.  The past eight months have been very stressful and recently it has effected my aphasia and other stroke related issues.  As my aphasia became worse I decided it was time to take a break and take care of  myself.  When this happens it is your body telling you to stop what you are doing and find a place to relax and de-stress.  I am spending my time at my favorite place in Maine.  The minute I walked in I could feel myself relax. After several days I feel better, not stressed and rejuvenated.   If you are under a lot of stress – Please find time for yourself to relax – travel to a place that makes you happy, attend a movie or go to a dinner and a play or just meet with your friends for a quiet night and chit-chat.   It will do you the world of good and avoid any medical issues.  Remember you only have one body so take good care of it!

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