Hi. I can relate to this. I had scaffolding collapse on me and hit me in the forehead in July 2014. I’ve been living with consequences of that, particularly in the form of headache and depression, ever since. I’ve always been very intellectual, competing in math, physics, and such. The concussion took a chunk of me, and recovering from it has been a struggle, and as has staying on my current path, which is computer science and software development. I was curious if there were any other people with similar aspirations who want to stay on their path in spite of the challenges that an mtbi brings. Hit me up, I’m pskocik on StackOverflow and Twitter. I hope everyone has a great day, and many thanks to Emerson Jane Brown for setting this site up.
Don’t let your doctors do this to you, guys. It’s already depressing to think how high your IQ must have been when in your worst state(all these conditions I have described here) the lowest you can get is considered higher than the normal level of IQ(gets more depressing when he says your results turned out just fine when you feel nothing like your old self). I’ve had bouts of suicidal thoughts every now and then for at least 15 years and I have managed to repress it to a great extent but my recent experience caused me to revert back to my older thoughts and wishes.
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Thank you for this. I am 25 and I had a very high IQ but never applied myself and always coasted by in school. 2 years ago I had a hypoxic brain injury after being overdosed on Dilaudid in the hospital when I went in for horrible stomach pain. I aspirated and they say I was without oxygen for at least an hour and told both my parents I was going to die. I was in a coma for 4 days and when I came out of the coma the doctors said it was the most miraculous recovery they have seen in their 30+ years of working in the ICU. After the event I have had to deal with major PTSD due to feeling like I was drowning for what felt like the entire 4 days. I kept wondering why my parents wouldn’t help me. Needless to say it was probably the worst thing a human can experience. I have a compulsion to not leave my house (agoraphobia). After I woke up from the coma my sister, who is a speech therapist, gave me a puzzle to do made for 5 yr olds and I couldn’t even do it and gave up. Some deficits I have noticed include much lower motivation, PTSD, greatly reduced ability to cope with stress, depression, fatigue, anxiety, blunted affect, I am much worse in social situations, much reduced short-term memory, and emotional numbness. The good news is I have learned to compensate on my own by using calenders in my phone, reminders on my doors, getting ketamine infusions for my depression (I have had depression since 7th grade and nothing has helped. The TBI made it even worse and harder to remain functional through), and I am now prescribed adderall for fatigue and motivation and I find it helps a ton. It took almost 2 years for me to get to the point where I can say I am still much better than the average person and am doing well being able to function in normal society. I never applied myself before and still did well in school but the TBI has made me work harder and it is paying off. Now I have the highest grades in all of my classes. I have not gotten below a 100 in any class as a neuroscience major and I’m going to medical school in a year. The loss of IQ is apparent to me and I am sure it is apparent to whoever else has a TBI that is reading this. But you can still achieve a lot and it does get better over time. I would recommend trying adderall because it was a godsend for me. Remain positive and never give up. TBI can be extremely hard to deal with but there is always something positive that can come from suffering.