Researchers estimate that about 70% of traumatic brain injury survivors complain of mental fatigue. This mental fatigue is often due to the extra effort that somebody with a traumatic brain injury has to use every day, cause them to tire a lot more than others.
A couple of years ago, we had a client who drove commercial vehicles. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and went back to work pretty soon after that. Unfortunately, within a few months, he did not have that job anymore. One of the main reasons why was because he was too fatigued for the long hours that this job required, and it simply did not work out.
Fortunately, after getting some help, he was able to return to work for himself. So, how was he able to achieve this? He followed the following 4 steps:
First, it’s important to follow a daily schedule and at the same time avoid overscheduling. Following a daily schedule is helpful because it sets a routine.
Prioritize But Be Flexible
Second, prioritize activities and keep things flexible. You want to do this so that if the person with a traumatic brain injury has a good day, and so they can accomplish more tasks. If it happens to be a bad day and their fatigue is really overwhelming and makes them shut down, then you’re going to want to do less than what was scheduled.
Third, try to get some exercise for the traumatic brain injury victim. Why?
Research has shown that TBI victims who exercise actually have better mental function, and alertness. This resulted in them being able to work or function longer on any given day.
Speak With A Medical Doctor
Finally, it’s important to talk to a medical doctor to see if maybe there might be something else that is causing the fatigue. While it is common for traumatic brain injury victims to experience fatigue, you also want to make sure that it’s not a symptom of something that may be unrelated.
By Chris Brasure
Brasure Law Firm, PLLC was founded by Chris Brasure in 2006. His legal accomplishments are diverse and numerous. He is a fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation, was a delegate in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and holds a BA in political science and speech communication from Baylor University. He then went on to obtain his law degree from Baylor University Law School. Chris believes that education is absolutely critical to one’s success, so his firm now offers The Brasure Law Firm Scholarship to give back to the community and to help students who are seeking to pursue a higher education.