Concussion & psychological well being (TBI Therapist podcast interview)

Concussion & psychological well being (TBI Therapist podcast interview)

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On this episode of the TBI Therapist podcast, Jen Blanchette talks with Melanie concerning the psychological well being results of her concussion. You may hearken to your complete podcast episode utilizing the participant beneath. If that works higher for you, you may learn the transcript beneath the participant as an alternative. 

Desk of contents:
Concussion and mental health: the unmentioned
Post-concussion syndrome depression
Post-concussion syndrome help
Shame and vulnerability
Support for post-concussion syndrome
Concussion survivor tips
Dealing with post-concussion syndrome
Fun fact: favorite holiday foods
Post-concussion recovery tips

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Intro to this podcast episode

Dr. Jen Blanchette

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 00:01] Full restoration from concussion is feasible. I’m gonna say it once more: full restoration from concussion is feasible. That’s what my visitor is telling us as we speak. Melanie Wienhoven is an excellent survivor from the Netherlands, who has began her personal course and web site devoted to serving to people who survived a concussion.

She talks about her story, and never recovering within the regular timeframe that medical doctors inform you that it’s best to get well from. She studied innovative analysis, and even has her personal podcast devoted to serving to survivors discover analysis info and instruments to get well from concussion.

Takeaways from the interview

One of many greatest takeaways from this episode is: don’t wait and see. See somebody instantly in case your signs are extended. And that’s one factor I can say I’ve been listening to an increasing number of from researchers and survivors – that we don’t want to attend for signs. We will transfer ahead, we are able to preserve discovering people who find themselves serving to us. And that was her second takeaway: that restoration is potential.

She mentioned the analysis of Dr. McCrea who I’m going to look into. As a result of he informed her that restoration is 100% potential. So, I’m very inspired to listen to all of this and have you ever hearken to this inspiring survivor.

Concussion and psychological well being: the unmentioned

Concussion and mental health

Hello, everybody, welcome to the TBI therapist podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Jen Blanchette, the place we discover the guts of brain injury.

Introducing Melanie

Hello Melanie, welcome to the TBI therapist’s podcast. It’s so nice to have you ever.

[Melanie  02:15] Thanks. I’m actually completely happy to be right here.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 02:18] Superior. And simply tell us the place you’re becoming a member of us from.

[Melanie  02:22] I’m becoming a member of you from the Netherlands.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 02:25] Great, fantastic. So, Melanie, I’m going to ask you a query that I’ve modified up a bit bit right here and there. However what’s one factor about concussion that nobody tells you?

The psychological results of a concussion

[Melanie  02:38] Effectively, to me, the factor that all the time stood out is the psychological results that concussions have. It’s one thing that by no means got here up in any of the medical conversations I’ve had with medical professionals. It’s one thing that the individuals surrounding me knew nothing about. And it’s one thing that I didn’t count on in any respect.

So, whereas all of those psychological results had been occurring… As a result of they begin proper the second that you simply’re experiencing signs, that’s once they begin coming into your life. I found that very late – the state of my psychological well being. In order that’s the one factor that comes up for me that I believe individuals don’t know and don’t discuss lots.

The psychological well being stigma

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 03:36] Yeah, and I believe it’s simply such an essential level to focus on for everyone. As a result of primary, there’s stigma for psychological well being issues, we simply want to call that that stigma is on the market. And I simply assume there’s an absence of schooling concerning how intertwined psychological and bodily well being is, particularly in concussion restoration. 

So, I don’t assume we are able to have a dialog about concussion restoration with out speaking about psychological well being signs in any respect. It’s a part of it. It’s simply a part of it.

[Melanie 04:06] Fully agree. Sure.

“The lady with the concussion”

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 04:10] I used to be simply digging into one thing you mentioned about you didn’t notice it untill later. So, are you able to converse a bit bit to that?

[Melanie 04:17] Sure. After I sustained my concussion, I first had like one and a half weeks of no signs in any respect. After which all the signs simply began hitting me, no pun supposed. And with each time each week that handed, I felt that an increasing number of signs had been coming over me – that was the way in which it felt. And an increasing number of it began taking up my life.

And an increasing number of I began to see myself as the lady with the concussion as an alternative of the younger girl beginning her profession or simply the completely happy individual I had been earlier than. I simply began seeing myself because the lady with the concussion, and that outlined my id.

Social isolations slips in

However on the identical time, additionally, my life began crumbling. I began seeing issues slipping away from me. Like my profession: it wasn’t one thing that I discovered that essential anymore as a result of I used to be struggling to get off the bed each day, or to dress. But additionally, for instance, associates’ lives. It was laborious for me to listen to sounds, not to mention ask somebody how they had been doing.

However that signifies that you get remoted, as a result of you may’t actually spend money on relationships anymore. You may’t spend money on your profession, every part. All the pieces actually is influenced by a damaged mind. 

Your mind within the heart of your life

I all the time say that it’s the middle of your life – your mind. And when it doesn’t work anymore, it’s like this entire it simply your entire life doesn’t work anymore. It’s not tougher than that, truly. It’s very straightforward to think about the way it works if that breaks down.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 06:17] Yeah, I’ve typically thought of what it could be like if a symphony didn’t have a conductor. All the pieces can be enjoying at one time, or the gamers didn’t know once they had been supposed to begin and finish, and it simply appears like chaos.

Publish-concussion syndrome melancholy

Post-concussion syndrome depression

[Melanie 06:36] Precisely. That’s, that’s one a part of it. And the opposite a part of it’s that your mind, in fact, is the half the place you expertise your feelings and your passions and every part that drives you in life. 

Character change after a concussion

So other than not having a conductor anymore, additionally, you’re shedding grip on all of the issues that you simply liked earlier than; the individual you had been. And also you get all these questions on life and the way and why it issues: what’s the sense of every part that’s occurring to you? 

And yeah, these are questions that I began to expertise. They had been popping up in my head. And it was solely very late that I observed that my ideas had been very depressive, and that I used to be very damaging about my outlook on life; about hope or positivity. All of these issues had actually slipped away from me as a result of I wasn’t conscious of the psychological unwanted side effects of my concussion.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 07:50] Yeah, and perhaps we are able to return, and you’ll simply give me a bit mini snapshot into your concussion story. And perhaps once you observed that sort of cloud of melancholy sort of settling in at that time?

My concussion story

[Melanie 08:06] Sure, my concussion occurred in 2012 once I fell off my bike. And it was a site visitors accident, nevertheless it was one-sided. So I precipitated it myself. It was simply plain daylight and there was no alcohol concerned – individuals all the time ask me that ? However I simply drove house from work and an accident occurred with the basket that was in entrance of my bike.

And yeah, it was a really unusual expertise when it occurred. I wasn’t even conscious that I might maintain a concussion at that second, as a result of I didn’t hit my head. So, I landed on my fingers and my knees, after which my mind basically smashed into my cranium.

I made a whiplash motion and a whole lot of sensations adopted after that. For instance, I didn’t black out, however I couldn’t see anymore. I might hear noises, however I couldn’t perceive phrases. I heard a loud ringing in my ears. I noticed this golden practice trinkling in my imaginative and prescient. Numerous unusual experiences occurred.  

My delayed concussion signs

And nonetheless – afterward – I simply wished to drive straight house and go to mattress and sleep. And the following day, I felt prefer it was a nightmare. So, I didn’t even assume to face nonetheless. And I didn’t even take into consideration a concussion till one and a half weeks later.

That was once I began experiencing signs, which for me had been those like: I couldn’t focus on work. I couldn’t stand the lights from the monitor on my desk. These sorts of signs. Are you able to assist me keep in mind your query once more? You requested me concerning the origin of my concussion, after which…?

The beginning of my concussion melancholy

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 10:02] Yeah, so simply sort of the little background of the story. After which perhaps once you first observed these unhappy ideas or the melancholy creeping into what you had been experiencing?

[Melanie 10:13] Yeah. So, after that, I used to be struggling to search out my means. So, the primary time I went to a physician, I went to my GP and he suggested me to relaxation. He defined that I ought to keep away from every kind of stimuli. So, inform my work that I wouldn’t are available, don’t open my laptop computer, don’t be on my cellphone, perhaps learn a ebook… It was the traditional previous recommendation that shouldn’t be given anymore. That already began isolation in fact.

And in addition, for those who’re following such recommendation, you already devoid your self of all of the issues that you simply love to do. And that’s by no means a great place to be in. In fact, I wasn’t feeling completely happy. However total, I used to be particularly confused about what was occurring to me: I by no means had skilled such a factor.

Suicidal ideas

Nevertheless it was months later, even two years later, that I skilled depressive ideas. And I discovered myself pondering that there was no use. I used to be questioning about what the purpose of residing was. And even in a single second I discovered myself overthinking dying. 

I clearly keep in mind this practice of thought: once I was having it, how my room was at that second. It’s like a sluggish movement video in my thoughts. As I used to be excited about ending my life, it was truly the turning level in my restoration.

As a result of I used to be depressed, I couldn’t really feel: I used to be feeling numb at that second. And I couldn’t really feel how unhappy these ideas would have usually made me. As a wholesome individual, I might have by no means thought of ending my life. However there I used to be, excited about how I might do this.

The turning level

After which I noticed that there are two potential realities. The previous me by no means thought of dying: I used to be completely happy. And right here I’m excited about dying. I really feel like there’s no means out however dying. That dying would be the solely factor that may assist me get out of this mess.

And that’s how I noticed that there’s a chance to really feel completely happy once more. As a result of I have felt completely happy earlier than and I’ve felt liked. And that’s once I determined that I might do something to discover a means out. As a result of I already knew what all-time low regarded like, and I didn’t wish to sink any decrease.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 13:16] Effectively, thanks for sharing that. I’m positive that lots of people have felt that means. And I’ve heard related ideas in individuals’s darkest moments of their brain injury. And there’s a lot to why I believe that occurs.

Social isolation and psychological well being

Since you isolate individuals, I believe the pandemic has actually proven us what isolation can do. We aren’t meant to be remoted. People actually have to be with different people. It’s so essential for our psychological well being and for our bodily well being. There are such a lot of the explanation why we have to be with different individuals.

So, the earlier recommendation to remain at the hours of darkness room, restrict your contact with individuals, is absolutely dangerous recommendation. And I believe well-meaning medical doctors simply didn’t know what they didn’t know, or they weren’t educated on the time. And to their credit score, presumably, tips didn’t change. I believe simply not everybody is aware of to maintain up on tips for concussion.

Publish-concussion syndrome assist

Post-concussion syndrome help

Have been there any professionals or any associates who helped you? It doesn’t essentially must be an expert.

Hiding my psychological state

[Melanie 14:19] Sure, I noticed them afterward. So again in that second, I noticed that one thing needed to change however I used to be nonetheless very ashamed of my emotions. I used to be very ashamed of the state of my life, and of my psychological well being. 

I had not talked with family members about it. I had hidden nearly all of it. And at that second, I felt that I needed to clear up my very own mess, which I don’t advocate to any of the listeners as a result of now we have family members to help us. 

Attain out for those who really feel depressed

And yeah, that’s one of many issues if I might return, I might change. I might name somebody. And I might attempt to converse with a psychologist.

Hope for happiness

However again then I, the one factor I might assume and likewise the one factor I might do with my mind, was learn. So, I went to the library. And I discovered books about restoration from trauma, restoration from brain injury, about neuroplasticity, these sorts of issues. 

And that’s when I discovered hope. Hope is the factor that I believe pulled me by. As a result of lastly, I had perspective – one thing I might actually attain for.

Restoration after adversity

I noticed examples of people that had recovered, I noticed individuals who had skilled a lot extra. They’d skilled means deeper, extra intense trauma than I had skilled. They usually had been capable of flip that round and stay a satisfying life after that.

They usually described that they had been happier and extra joyful and had a extra significant life after having had experiences that I couldn’t even think about. That gave me energy and hope to work towards one thing that’s the factor I by no means let go of. 

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 16:41] That’s superior. Yeah, so I’m gonna return if that’s okay, I do that.

[Melanie 16:43] Sure, in fact.

Disgrace and vulnerability

Shame and vulnerability

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 16:47] So, you talked a bit bit about feeling a way of disgrace concerning your harm. That you simply didn’t wish to inform anybody, you didn’t wish to let individuals in. And what I believe disgrace does, is it makes us disguise and it’s actually petrified of that vulnerability – of assembly individuals and letting individuals in. So perhaps discuss what helped you, how can we zap by the disgrace clouds and transfer by them? What helped you get by that piece?

Brené Brown

[Melanie 17:23] Brené Brown. Only one reply potential.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 17:32] Sure, I’m sort of paraphrasing a bit of her analysis there about disgrace and vulnerability, proper? Go forward.

[Melanie 17:37] Yeah, she writes – I consider: I can’t quote her actually – disgrace can’t stand being spoken out, being shared. As a result of when you share about disgrace, it simply vaporizes. And I don’t know if that’s true, like within the second, however sure, disgrace simply needs to be stored to itself. 

Buddhism and compassion

Earlier than studying her ebook, I by no means shared a lot. And studying her ebook, I found that I had been on this magic ring of disgrace. And the one means out was to share about it. And thru her tales, but additionally studying extra about Buddhism, and extra about wholehearted residing and compassion, and empathy and all of those actually stunning ideas that got here to life for me once I began working towards them, I found that I used to be simply on my means. 

I don’t need you to really feel alone

I attempted my finest. And I can share my story in order that others can be taught from it. And that’s it. There’s no motive for me to withhold something anymore. I’m now sharing with you the moments that had been so shameful for me earlier than. However now they’re simply issues that I can share with others in order that they don’t really feel that alone as I did. That’s a very powerful factor for me.

Vulnerability is uncomfortable

And I believe sharing concerning the issues that we undergo typically is absolutely laborious after we’re nonetheless in the course of it. So, it’s simpler for me now. However nonetheless, I really feel that it isn’t regular to speak about these items. I don’t have a problem with it anymore. I don’t really feel ashamed. 

However not everybody needs to listen to it, as a result of it makes you’re feeling susceptible as properly. It’s very near everybody’s coronary heart. While you discuss these items… Some individuals actually don’t like that. So, it’s crucial to decide on who you speak to if you end up sharing issues which can be actually intense for you.

Help for post-concussion syndrome

Support for post-concussion syndrome

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 20:24] Did you discover that there have been sure folks that you possibly can share with what you had been scuffling with once you had been sort of within the midst of the messy center as Brené would say? Have been there those who you possibly can speak to and a few individuals perhaps that you simply couldn’t?

Sharing your story with individuals

[Melanie 20:37] Sure, sure, in fact. I believe all of us have that. I had some individuals who I might share with… Effectively, you may share with somebody, however the query is: how do they reply? So I might share with everybody, however the ones who actually linked with me on which can be the individuals who at the moment are closest to me. 

Since you’ve been by one thing that’s so deep, that makes a connection that’s actually significant. And typically it additionally adjustments these individuals. And that’s a wonderful factor to undergo collectively.

Publish-concussion syndrome help teams

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 21:16] I believe what you’re concerning right here is neighborhood and the significance of neighborhood in restoration. And I don’t know what it’s like in your nation, what sort of help is accessible for people. Did you lean into the brain injury neighborhood or the concussion neighborhood in your space? Was that useful?

[Melanie 21:37] Effectively, I didn’t. That’s one of many issues that I now advise individuals to do, actually, as a result of neighborhood and help from individuals who have skilled the identical is simply invaluable. 

Go to psychologists throughout restoration

However ultimately, I did go to psychologists and that helped me immensely. In order that’s one factor that I all the time advise individuals: you may’t go to sufficient psychologists – actually. You’ll all the time get one thing out of it.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 22:04] Yeah, sure. Proper. And I consider that as properly. And I observe what I preach, I see any individual too. Particularly for those who’re doing emotional work. You bought stuff you started working out as a result of it’s susceptible.

[Melanie 22:23] Yeah. Yeah, completely.

Concussion survivor ideas

Concussion survivor tips

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 22:27] Great. Effectively, I’m questioning for those who can share perhaps two or three ideas or insights with the listeners. They don’t must be ideas, it may very well be similar to insights, issues that you simply’ve realized which can be a very powerful issues that you simply discovered, as a survivor of a concussion?

Don’t wait-and-see

[Melanie 22:45] Sure. So, one of many first issues that got here very early within the course of is: don’t wait and see for medical doctors, or professionals, or anybody you respect, to repair your concussion for you. It may very well be that they do. Nevertheless it might additionally very properly be that they don’t, or that they don’t actually know what to do with you. Particularly for those who’ve had your concussion for some time already.

It’s so essential to comply with your intestine that there may very well be one thing extra that you possibly can be doing. That you simply get towards extra of an lively restoration as an alternative of this wait-and-see, very passive means of approaching restoration. It’s one thing that actually delays your restoration ultimately. And that’s a lesson that I paid dearly for. In order that’s one which I wish to share.

Publish-concussion syndrome isn’t everlasting

And in addition, for those who’re affected by post-concussion syndrome, like I did… I believe the jury’s nonetheless out on when it’s formally post-concussion syndrome after a concussion – for those who haven’t recovered between two weeks or three months after harm, it doesn’t actually matter. 

However for those who hear that you’ve got post-concussion syndrome, otherwise you self-diagnose that, it’s so essential to not get paralyzed by the phrase syndrome. I did that. And it appears like syndrome is one thing like endlessly, proper? It feels heavy. 

What you do as we speak, issues

However in actual fact, it isn’t something completely different than having a concussion that hasn’t cleared up but. Tomorrow doesn’t must appear to be as we speak. And what you do as we speak issues.I totally recovered after six years, after medical doctors informed me that I might by no means get well, that my mind harm was past restore. And nonetheless I recovered.

As a result of ultimately I figured that I didn’t settle for that life during which my mind was damaged, and during which I couldn’t chase any of my goals. I began finding out and researching and experimenting. I experimented a lot on myself. However ultimately, I discovered that what I do as we speak actually issues for tomorrow.

You are able to do issues that hinder your restoration; you are able to do issues that assist your restoration. You are able to do issues that show you how to really feel secure and safe, to experiment and to attempt issues. And you are able to do issues to essentially assist your self really feel awful and really feel like I felt – like the concussion lady. That was my id. But when I used to be saying that to myself on a regular basis, I wasn’t altering my future for the optimistic. In order that’s one thing that I actually wish to share.

Coping with post-concussion syndrome

Dealing with post-concussion syndrome

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 25:51] Great. And was all your restoration and the way you recovered, was that each one self-studies? Or did you see folks, different suppliers, facilities? What did that appear to be for you?

All of us need assistance with restoration

[Melanie 26:04] Effectively, I lately learn a sentence that I fully agree with: there’s no such factor as self-made. So, I’ve had assist in fact, I didn’t go to any concussion or brain injury facilities. However I had this psychologist afterward. I had Brené Brown. I had a psychiatrist from England, who wrote a ebook about trauma restoration. So, I learn a whole lot of books, and lots of people influenced me.

And in addition, proper at the beginning of my restoration, I went to a rehabilitation program. That wasn’t for brain injury, nevertheless it was for individuals who had heard from the medical doctors that they couldn’t be helped anymore. All of us had been within the grey space. It was not a rehabilitation heart during which I realized how one can treatment my concussion, however I realized how to deal with adversity and uncertainty. So these had been extra psychological coping instruments. 

Outdated brain injury information

However my actual restoration solely occurred like three to 4 years after harm, so once I began studying. Most of my restoration occurred within the remaining yr earlier than I fully recovered, so 5 years after harm. 

Which is means past the statute of limitations I might say: medical doctors informed me that after two years, no additional restoration was potential. That is very outdated information. Effectively, it isn’t information, however…

I recovered 6,5 years after harm

So, most of my restoration got here from finding out and researching and experimenting a lot, and finding out sufferers’ instances as properly. After which I constructed a program out of all of that. And after so a few years, I felt that issues had been altering for me. 

After six years, six and a half years truly, I lastly… Sooner or later I awoke and I believed: it’s gone. It’s actually gone. I don’t really feel any of these signs anymore. And now that’s already been greater than two years. So, I actually realize it’s gone. As a result of I by no means had it anymore.

Enjoyable reality: favourite vacation meals

Holiday foods

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 28:26] Wow. Wow. That’s fantastic. Effectively, we’re going to enter the wrap-up the place I ask you simply a few questions on the finish, if that’s okay. So, one in all them is only a enjoyable query. It is going to tell us a bit bit about who you’re. What’s your favourite vacation meals? Who does that remind you of?

Dutch holidays

[Melanie 28:52] That’s a beautiful query. Vacation meals… So, we, as Dutch individuals, are a bit completely different than Individuals, proper?

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 29:02] That’s the reason I wish to know, as a result of everyone seems to be completely different with their vacation meals, proper?

[Melanie 29:06] You’re superb at celebrating holidays. Let me assume… Okay, the one factor that I take into consideration is once I was a toddler, and on Christmas Eve, we might eat… Oh, how am I going to translate?

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 29:24] It’s simply wonderful. You may simply attempt your finest, what does it appear to be?

“Sausage with spots”

[Melanie 29:28] I believe the literal translation can be sausage with spots.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 29:33] Actually attention-grabbing.

[Melanie 29:35] So, it’s like sausage from… what do you name that…. The man who actually kills the animals.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 29:44] The butcher.

[Melanie 29:45] Butcher, sorry, sure. I’m sorry, vegans.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 29:52] Not a vegan podcast. Good things comes out, that’s the reason I like this query.

[Melanie 30:00] Yeah, it was juicy too. So, my mother would get these sausages from the butcher. After which they might be on this cooking pan, and we might have bread from the bakery. This was all luxurious. Like, we usually wouldn’t go to the butcher and the bakery, simply to the grocery store. 

A household custom

And then you definitely would get the bread and put the sausage on the bread and put a number of the gravy on it. After which I used to be simply completely happy as a toddler. It jogs my memory of sitting on the desk with my grandparents. It was one thing that they already did when they had been youngsters. So, it’s only a completely happy reminiscence. 

Nevertheless it actually… It’s not even Dutch. I don’t assume most Dutch individuals realize it.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 30:49] It’s a household custom, proper?

[Melanie 30:51] Yeah.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 30:52] We have now these, too. In my household I make Spanakopita, I talked about it in one other podcast. It is a Greek dish that I make for Christmas, and I’ve no Greek heritage. So, it’s random.

[Melanie 31:05] Nevertheless it’s one thing that will get ingrained in your loved ones custom, proper?

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 31:09] Proper. Proper.

[Melanie 31:10] Yeah. Yeah. After which it reminds you want: now it’s Christmas.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 31:14] Sure. Sure. I like these issues.

[Melanie 31:17] Sure, that’s fantastic.

Publish-concussion restoration ideas

Post-concussion recovery tips

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 31:19] So perhaps a extra brain injury associated query. You’re practically 10 years post-injury this yr. I used to be questioning what you’d have wished to inform your self once you had been perhaps first injured or earlier than you had been injured. Any phrases of knowledge?

You aren’t alone

[Melanie 31:44] You actually will not be alone in what you’re experiencing. And you aren’t doing something flawed for not having recovered but. That’s the one factor that I felt on a regular basis, that I used to be doing one thing flawed. And I felt so alone in my restoration course of. I do know that a whole lot of you feel this as properly.

And in addition, for those who’ve been visiting a whole lot of medical doctors and so they haven’t been ready that will help you, it doesn’t imply that you’re doing something flawed. 

Concussion restoration is 100% potential

It simply signifies that they don’t have entry to the latest information about what is feasible. Yesterday, I talked with Professor McCrea, he’s from the US as properly. I interviewed him for my podcast. He’s one of many lead researchers in two very massive traumatic brain injury research within the US. 

And I requested him: what do you say if I say there’s hope for concussion restoration? And his reply was: 100%.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 32:52] That’s superior.

[Melanie 32:55] Yeah. In order that’s the one factor that I wish to share. Docs who presumably inform you that it’s inconceivable, or that it’s best to simply relaxation or go house – once you really feel such as you go away their places of work empty handed – they only don’t have entry to the sort of information that Professor McCrea has entry to for instance.

There’s a lot that you are able to do!

So is there room for enchancment, there’s a whole lot of room for enchancment, there’s a lot that you are able to do. And that’s a great factor. That doesn’t imply that you’re doing something flawed. It simply signifies that you should discover ways to take care of this problem that you’ve got been given, this highway that you simply’ve been put up on, nevertheless you wish to say it. No matter has been occurring to you. There’s actually lots that you are able to do.

And that’s truly additionally why I created Lifeyana, my web site. But additionally the Cure My Concussion course that I placed on there, during which I’m sharing every part that I wanted to be taught, every part I wanted not to do and to do to treatment my concussion. 

Actually, there are such a lot of issues that you are able to do that I didn’t find out about to start with as properly. But additionally, there are such a lot of issues that medical doctors actually don’t know to inform you about a whole lot of the time. So, give your self this room to find no matter is feasible. 

And from my expertise, I can share that a lot is feasible – even once you really feel such as you’re actually hitting all-time low.

About Lifeyana

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 34:35] That’s nice. That’s nice. So how do individuals attain out to you in the event that they wish to speak with you extra?

[Melanie 34:41] So, they will go to So that’s L I F E Y A N A dot com and likewise on Instagram or Fb, it’s @thisislifeyana

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 34:54] Superior. Superior. Effectively, thanks a lot for becoming a member of me. I’m positive that everybody is simply going to wish to attain out to you.

[Melanie 35:01] Thanks a lot. I actually loved our dialog and also you requested actually fantastic questions.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 35:07] Oh, thanks. I used to be honored to have you ever on.

[Melanie 35:10] Thanks a lot.

[Dr. Jen Blanchette 35:17] Thanks for becoming a member of us as we speak on the TBI therapist’s podcast. Please go to for extra info on brain injury, concussion and psychological well being the data shared on as we speak’s podcast is meant to supply info consciousness and dialogue on the subject. It’s not scientific or medical recommendation. For those who want psychological well being or medical recommendation, please search an expert.

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