The Brain, the Mind, Cognition– Head Injury, Chronic Pain

Multi-talents gain an awareness of being different and that their minds do not work the same as others.  When high ability cognitive processes are impacted with a head injury or chronic pain many times it is not recognized or acknowledged.  The individual with the experience KNOWS that his/her brain is not functioning the same as prior to the ‘incident’.  Many times others see the ‘intelligence’ and conclude there has been minimal to no impact.  The comparison is to the ‘average’ situation. There is no consideration for the higher baseline.  In addition there is no recognition or consideration of the intensity of the experience (that is not an ‘exaggerated’, ‘hysterical’ response).

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With many head injuries or chronic pain medication treatments – there is an awareness of the pre and post cognitive functioning differences.  This adds to the magnitude of the response to the experience.  The results are depression (not unusual) that connects with the intensities, sensitivities, and the existential connection.  The impact can be overwhelming, feel devastating, and create a whirlwind within the mind and emotions.

Understanding and recognizing the multi-talents baseline; implementing treatment with consideration for that baseline, makes a difference in the response and the experience of the treatment.  Knowledge is empowering.  Working with where the person is, where was prior to ‘incident’, and potential of recovering or managing the symptoms/residuals to function is important in the healing process.

To know oneself is a great tool.  To be acknowledged – seen for who one is – is paramount in recovery, growth, and change.

Multi-talents gain an awareness of being different and that their minds do not work the same as others.  When high ability cognitive processes are impacted with a head injury or chronic pain many times it is not recognized or acknowledged.  The individual with the experience KNOWS that his/her brain is not functioning the same as prior to the ‘incident’.  Many times others see the ‘intelligence’ and conclude there has been minimal to no impact.  The comparison is to the ‘average’ situation. There is no consideration for the higher baseline.  In addition there is no recognition or consideration of the intensity of the experience (that is not an ‘exaggerated’, ‘hysterical’ response).

With many head injuries or chronic pain medication treatments – there is an awareness of the pre and post cognitive functioning differences.  This adds to the magnitude of the response to the experience.  The results are depression (not unusual) that connects with the intensities, sensitivities, and the existential connection.  The impact can be overwhelming, feel devastating, and create a whirlwind within the mind and emotions.

Understanding and recognizing the multi-talents baseline; implementing treatment with consideration for that baseline, makes a difference in the response and the experience of the treatment.  Knowledge is empowering.  Working with where the person is, where was prior to ‘incident’, and potential of recovering or managing the symptoms/residuals to function is important in the healing process.

To know oneself is a great tool.  To be acknowledged – seen for who one is – is paramount in recovery, growth, and change.  The goal is to manage the pain, the limitations, and create the opportunity for the greatest function.

Are you experiencing a disconnect because of a head injury, chronic pain, or medications fogging the brain?  What helps?  What questions?  Share your journey so that we all may learn and connect.

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