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Is it normal to lack confidence after A TBI

Just thinking about my family

I have never had any confidence since my TBI 50 years ago

my son had a BI two years ago when a branch of a tree fell onto his head and knocked him out - since then he seems to have lost confidence and no longer socialises as a young man should

my wife has had a stroke which has damaged the Cerellebum part of the brain and she too lacks the confidence she previously had

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I can't speak for everyone my normal confident self is long gone.

I guess its a side effect of the other injuries: memory is poor, speech and balance is not so good, problems reading emotions etc. which when you add them all together must play apart in diminishing confidence levels

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Hi dillm2,

Thank you for your question.

Loss of confidence is certainly a common effect of a brain injury, I think sospan sums it up really well; having issues with various cognitive skills can add together to reduce confidence and make it very difficult to tackle the problem.

A neuropsychologist can sometimes help, as can treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is readily available on the NHS to people who meet the criteria. It might be worth you/your son speaking to his GP about this?

Do get in touch with our helpline on 0808 800 2244 or helpline@headway.org.uk if you'd like any further details.

Best wishes,



I'd say it's pretty common.


Do you remember when you had confidence?


I was told I was a totally different person before my accident


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