Each person’s experience with the effects of TBI is unique. Most effects improve with time, although some may linger for a lifetime. Only time will tell.
As you are now aware, brain injury presents many challenges for survivors and their families. For many, recovery will extend over a lifetime. There is no “normal” time frame for recovery. Many family members with severe injury surprise doctors with an unexpected degree of improvement.
Many factors determine the extent of recovery. The more severe the damage to the brain, the greater the likelihood of long-term problems. Pre-injury history plays a role in how the individual will adapt and accept these changes.
However, with the passage of time, a dose of patience, and a strong support system, most individuals will go on to productive and fulfilling lives.
Returning to the community, to family, and to school or work following a TBI can be challenging. It is possible. For most family members with TBI, the possibility is what drives family members with TBI to work hard in therapy.