During rehabilitation, people are able to focus on recovery goals and progress is apparent. After rehabilitation ends can be an emotional time without this focus.
When moving on from the structure of rehabilitation, it is important to create a meaningful routine which will make life easier and avoid boredom. It is also important to remember that someone with brain injury will continue to make gains, even after the initial rehabilitation process.
Survivors of a brain injury often make excellent recoveries through a positive attitude, hard work and professional and family support. But once the rehabilitation is over there can be a sudden slump, leaving the survivor with depression or despair.
No one can truly understand the devastating impact a brain injury can have without experiencing it personally. Many face despair and depression in the early days, as the extent to which their lives have changed becomes clear. However, there is always hope.