According to the Centers for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries account for 30% of injury-related deaths. Those who do not succumb to their traumatic brain injury often find themselves suffering consequences of the injuries for the rest of their life. Falls, being struck by objects, and vehicle accidents are the three leading causes of traumatic brain injuries.
However, intentional self-harm was the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury deaths in 2013. For the survivors of self-inflicted harm that leads to traumatic brain injury, therapy can obviously be difficult if they are not happy with the outcome of their suicide attempt. If your loved one has a traumatic brain injury from an attempted suicide, a multi-faceted therapy plan will be crucial. Here's what they'll need.
Therapies for Intentional Self-Harm & Traumatic Brain Injury
Due to your loved one's suicidal ideation and attempted suicide, they'll need psychological counseling first and foremost. A counselor will need to help your loved one develop coping skills as well as to improve their mental health and emotional well-being.
However, due to the limitations your loved one may have from the traumatic brain injury, such as a speech impediment and a reduction in cognitive skills, they may not be able to participate fully to achieve successful results without other therapies for those issues being done at the same time. Depending on the scope of their traumatic brain injury, your loved one may also need occupational therapy, physical therapy, and vocational counseling.
Inpatient and Outpatient Long-Term Care Possibilities
At first, it's beneficial for your loved one to be under the watchful round-the-clock care of an inpatient facility that specializes in traumatic brain injury as well as those who have suicidal risks. In an inpatient facility, he or she will receive the proper care and guidance while undergoing the various therapies they need. You, family members, friends, and other loved ones can attend counseling sessions as well to help you cope as well as to help you help your loved one heal.
After it's determined that your loved one is no longer having suicidal ideation, he or she will be placed into an outpatient treatment program, which means they will go home in the evenings and return to the facility on a daily basis or several times a week for therapy and treatment. Long-term outpatient care is often necessary for those who have traumatic brain injuries due to self-inflicted harm.
For more information, contact your local traumatic brain injury therapy clinic.