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Emotional regulation after brain injury

Insult to Injury

This article from Bitch Media is so good I felt the need to share it here in its entirety. You can also view the original post here.

Who’s Left out of the Picture When We Talk About Traumatic Brain Injury?

by Sarah KishpaughPublished on September 6, 2018 at 10:20am

A woman in profile with a colorful brain (Photo credit: Christos Georghiou)

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Surviving a brain injury and domestic violence is not an unlikely combination

As we round out the latest year in the twenty-first century, most people these days are familiar with the acronym “TBI” standing for “traumatic brain injury.” Most of us know someone who has one. We may even have a TBI survivor in our immediate or extended family. Perhaps you are even a survivor yourself. Whatever your relationship to TBIs may be, you likely know some of their most common causes.

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Life after a brain injury

After surviving something as traumatic as a brain injury, it can sometimes feel as though life should not go on. In some sense – life will never be the same as it was before. Often people’s personalities change with a brain injury. This can be the most difficult change for survivors as well as their loved ones. It challenges a person’s very sense of self.


Richard Kodadek is a rapist and a wife beater

Since my 2013 wedding to Richard Lee Kodadek (DOB 01/03/1981), I have been struggling to recover from a traumatic brain injury I sustained as a result of that relationship. Granted, I did not know this is what I was struggling with until several years later. I was told repeatedly by many doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and my husband himself that I was “just” wrestling with depression, anxiety, and mood instability. The fact of the matter is that in a single day, my entire personality had changed and nobody close to me – not even Richard Kodadek – seemed to take notice.

Rapist and Abuser Richard Lee Kodadek