Brain Injury and Spirituality
An estimate of 1.7 million Americans sustain a Traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. 52,000 of those who sustains a TBI dies, 270,000 are hospitalized and 1.365 million are treated and released from the hospital. For many, there is a long road to recovery that may include decreased functional abilities, increased dependence on others for assistance with activities of daily living, increased distress and decreased life satisfaction.
Many individuals who have suffered a TBI report using religion and/or spirituality as a means to cope with the chronic stress associated with the long-term effects of brain injury. Among healthy adults, religion and spirituality have shown strong association with improved life satisfaction and outcomes through mechanisms which include increased social support and improved coping skills.
It is my hope that a dialogue can begin in order to highlight the importance of spiritualty/religion becoming an intricate part of rehabilitation centers across the country. Below I have attached a link to an article that speaks to the importance of spirituality to those who have sustained a TBI.
Tamika Johnson, LCSW, CAADC, M.Div