As humans we rely on our experiences to make decisions and to move forward. When we go through an experience such as a traumatic brain injury, being positive can be a challenge. A traumatic brain injury does not only affect a person’s body and brain, but also their state of mind. Just like an arm or leg can be broken, then fixed, that arm or leg is not 100% what it used to be. A person’s spirit and mind can also be altered, but can still be returned to nearly 100% functioning.
Being positive is a state of mind. Before your behaviors can change your thinking needs to change. Ask yourself, am I negative or positive? Do I spend time reflecting on the past of how life used to be? Or despite the challenges, do I spend time looking towards my future? When we spend time looking in the past by thinking about the life you had before the injury this can bring up feelings of regret. And these feelings of regret can bring up feelings of anger. When you feel angry it creates negative behaviors and these negative behaviors can only hinder your progress. When you spend time looking forward the world starts to look different and your behaviors begin to change for the positive.
At Alliance Services for TBI, we help you to focus on the positives. We provide Positive Behavioral Intervention Support Services. The Positive Behavioral Supports is a behavior management system used to understand what maintains an individual’s challenging behavior and replace it with a positive to bring about a positive outcome. The goal is to enhance the quality of life for individuals involved and their support providers in a variety of settings.
“I love to swim and being in the water. With use of only one of my arms, I thought I would never get to be in a swimming pool again. Alliance got me in the pool again. I look forward to going to the pool at AHAVA every week!”
– Jason 45 year Survivor
“I was in coma for three weeks. When I woke up my mom was in the room next me. She started to cry. I asked her what happened. She said she thought I was dead. She was so happy that I was alive. Now, I live for her, so when I get depressed I think about her and it makes me feel different. ”
– Joey 34 year Survivor