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Continuesness personality change?

I'm not sure where if i was told or read, but is it true a brain injured person (mine was severe) personality can change a certain amount of time after their injury? Its been about a year and half for myself and im begining to notice ALOT!! An if this is right that it oes change after time can it continually change?

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I found that some people around me were expecting my personality to change, not taking into account the amount of hard work on my part to recover and rest

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can only go from my experience, and i had a significant personality change, my wife says sometimes the old me pops up out the blue, but i think learning ways of coping and my attitude and personality changes to accommodate my coping mechanisms.

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Not sure, but it can be that some changes become more apparent to the person themself over time due to improving self-awareness... Worth considering as a factor at least...?

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My personality changed to someone I'd cross the road to avoid. However in the years of recovery and beyond [my TBI was in 1967] I have mellowed, but the old me is dead and gone.

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James Cracknell has suffered a brain injury, his book is out soon, he talks of personality change and the way his wife has had to learn to love a new person. There is heaps of literarture out there and personal accounts from people who have had a brain injury, try Head Injury, published by Oxford Press, it is full of very useful information.

I guess a lot of the difficulties depend on what part of the brain was injured, if it is he frontal lobe area, there is bound to be some personality change.

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my brain injury was in june 2011, i damaged the frontal lobe temp lobe and optical lobe, pritty bad it was but i walked away at the time with nothing but a sore head and alot of tiredness now its been a year odds im really starting to notice alot of snapping moods andquite often my personality is almost diffrent everyfue days

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The bigest change in my personality has been that I talk a lot, possibly due to me being bored now that I do not work

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As my husbands caregiver I see someone very different everyday and his accident was in June of 2010.

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six years on and i still change mood and personality in a heart beat

it depends on how i,m feeling as most of it is about feeling

just be your self how you see yourself matters a lot

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My son had a tbi Oct 2011. I have suddenly noticed a terrible change in him and have just found out he is taking drugs. I think he is going through depression. I am out of my mind with worry and hopefully get him to Doctors tonight. I kept saying at the time shouldnt he be having councilling, but there doesn't seem much help out there.

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Hard not to change after a BI, but it will depend on which part of your brain is affected, I guess. I had TB meningitis and was left with retrograde amnesia, so I didnt remember any of my recent life at all. It meant the loss of lots of relationships and I don`t remember the `old`me but the new one is quite feisty and not very tolerant or easy going anymore. I am told I am different. When you have had a BI you need to be gentle on yourself, dont worry about other people, if they love you they will understand.

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