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Traumatic Brain Injury — Stress, Anxiety and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Part 3

Posted by Second Chance to Live on November 23, 2009

Please read Part 1, Part 2 for context. Thank you.

The impact of increased stress and sensory overload may result in increased fatigue, impulsivity and misunderstood behavior. Ongoing stress and sensory overloads adversely impact the brain injury survivor’s immune system — thus making the brain injury survivor more susceptible to infection and becoming sick. I can attest to this reality. Consequently, the brain injury survivor needs to pay special attention when they experience ongoing anxiety and stress during the holiday season.

With the awareness the brain injury survivor can take steps to practice healthy self-care to reduce their stress and anxiety. Please read my 3 part article Traumatic Brain Injury, Fatigue, Anxiety, Anguish and Depression for healthy self-caring suggestions.

As hustle and bustle contribute to stress and anxiety during the holiday season, so do family expectations contribute to stress and anxiety. These expectations can be linked to repressed disappointments and resentments from past Thanksgiving’s, Christmas’s and New Years’s get together’s with family. With increased anxiety and stress abusive behavior may be exhibited by family members. These behaviors can be the result of familiar family system roles.

These roles are frequently re-activated as the nuclear and extended family members interact with one another during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

Such roles that can be exhibited by family members are the — Hero, Lost child, Mascot, Scapegoat, Identified Patient. These roles may have been given to family members to contain unresolved family pain and to mask family secrets. For a further explanation, please read my articles — Traumatic Brain Injury, Family System Roles and Learning to Thrive and Traumatic Brain Injury and the Identified Patient.

These roles are enforced — some times overtly and other times covertly — by the three rules. These three rules are frequently manifested with in dysfunctional family systems. For further explanation please read my articles Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust and Don’t Feel, The Three Rules Revisited — Consequences and Displaced Sadness.

Please read Part 4 for context. Thank you.

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