In 1996 my son at 18 fell and suffered several injuries including skull fractures, torn dura and the obvious brain trauma. He was 'put back together ' and released from hospital . In the next year he recovered physically and went to university but dropped out after a term , we subsequently learned he'd spent much of that time drinking to avoid the panic attacks he experienced in the lecture theatre. Since that time alcohol has continued to be his main coping strategy which has lead to him becoming an occasional bing drinker . He has had and lost several jobs, had a girlfriend and 3 years ago became a father. Two years ago he lost his job and struggled to find another, after a difficult Christmas , he got very drunk and threatened suicide, his girlfriend said he couldn't cope anymore and he came to live with me. I feel a great deal of despair about how he can be helped as I now believe that his problems that are exacerbated by alcohol may actually be rooted in brain damage. He gets depressed, he lacks motivation or starts something but doesn't carry on, he has unrealistic expectations about his job prospects and capabilities, his mood swings, he's self obsessed, socially isolated, he never takes the initiative , he can't concentrate on anything for long. He takes Fluorxitine, quetioprine, tegretol ( as he has had fits) and injects growth hormone daily as it was discovered about five years ago his levels were only 20%. CBT hasn't helped.
I feel that 18 years ago we and he wanted to believe his brain wasn't affected, he still wants to believe that but I feel desperate to find some support and help to him build a life for himself ...... is it too late for the rehabilitation process that I think he missed out on ???