Dealing With Anger and Empathy After Brain Injury

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This video was made for our TBI Voices project. We interviewed thirty real life survivors of brain injury. In these interviews we talked to the survivors about how they became brain injured and who they were before their brain injury. We also talk about their recovery and what deficits they have encountered because of their brain injury. This interview was with Angela.

Any retail work environment, invariably involves dealing with inpatient and unhappy customers. Angela explains why other’s emotions are hard for her to either sense or to deal with.

The interviewer is Attorney Gordon Johnson,,,

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Mark Flatt says:

If her frontal lobe was damaged, that would contribute to her difficulty with empathy…I am a psychiatric nurse and have PhD credits in neuropsychology…ironically I suffered a bad concussion in an MVA and had to quit working on my PhD…later I went for my nursing degree…anyway…I do work with TBI patients…🤔 and especially young patients, though they may seem to recover better than adults, this is because certain areas of the brain not yet assigned to there function will be reassigned to more basic functions…as they get older, those resources aren't available for needed functions later…also, damage to the frontal lobe isn't as noticeable in kids because parents perform those functions for them until they reach adolescence and adulthood…then the damage from earlier times becomes obvious…it was there from before, but wasn't noticeable because other kids acted that way too…hope the explanation helps…but, you should seek out a neuropsychology assessment and neurologist if you're concerned…

Sheila Reynolds says:

My daughter has tb I from birth parent abuse at age 1 mo. She seems to have little to no empathy. It seems to be getting worse. She's 27. So hard to explain to her.

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