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My brain on nature: How the natural world helped heal me after a devastating accident.

After I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after a car knocked me off my bike, I discovered my path to recovery was through nature.

Loud cafes and bars were unbearable — even the noisy school grounds at drop-off were too much.

But I found the sounds of nature had the opposite effect and helped to alleviate my constant headaches.


Our decision making in all areas of life comes from unconscious aspects of our minds. If there’s something you are overly anxious or numb about, there may be an underlying emotion that you’ve repressed or are unconscious about. If you’re constantly unhappy


Consider bird music as another depression stimulate. Listening to birdsong is a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and shift your focus away from the clutter and chaos



Most of us welcome sadness and pain about as much as a root canal — without Novocaine. They’re uncomfortable, unpleasant, and just no fun at all, but let’s face it, negative emotions are an unavoidable part of life. When coupled with all the other things life throws at us, they can often lead to depression.

Depression is a complex, episodic, and recurring illness with CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

This is a British article. It is also a similar story in Australia.


Employ Me (Working Title) – Press Release
BBC TWO has commissioned Employ Me (working title), a three part series from Optomen, examining the stories of unemployed people in the UK struggling to find jobs because of a neurological disability or difference. From autism and Tourette Syndrome to ADHD and Down’s Syndrome, the series will follow qualified and/or capable people – many of whom have been trying to find work for years – as they try to overcome the hurdles of their condition, change employers’ perceptions, and hopefully land a job.  CLICK TO READ MORE

An advocacy group is calling for budget funding for early intervention services for acquired brain injury, a condition which can lead to domestic violence.

early intervention services for acquired brain injury

The frontal lobe, which can be affected by acquired brain injury, is involved in regulating how people react to their emotions.

The condition affects the frontal lobe and can cause limited patience as well as aggressive and violent behaviour. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

How TBI caregivers can get the support they need

Caregivers of TBI

Let me tell you the story about Mary and Joe, a couple who have been married for 15 years. Mary, a former project manager, had made an appointment with me because she was concerned about the drastic changes that had occurred in her relationship with Joe since his discharge from the hospital 18 months earlier. She worried that Joe had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when the driver of a dump truck dozed off and struck Joe’s car head-on,


Football Brain Injuries Require More Study

The claim that playing football can result in lifelong damage to the brain may be premature


Reports have routinely linked aggression, violence, depression, and suicide with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative brain disease linked to playing football.

But just how CTE and behavioural changes are related is an extremely complex and, as yet, poorly understood issue,


New Brain Living

learning to live with your new brain


The World Focuses on Brain Issues

By Jean Oostrom

   The world is focusing on brain issues that include traumatic brain injury, depression, bipolar, PTSD and a host of other “buzz” words that describe the mental torment people go through just to exist in our world.

   Before brain issues become last week’s news it is important I write about things that I have learned on my journey to “Mental Wellness”.
   I have written often about “the place where the brain has had enough”, and how it is the loneliest, scariest, darkest place that cannot be described in words. It is a place where nothing makes sense. It is a place where my brain seems to choose to think negative thoughts all on its own, with no regard for the truth, compassion or the hurt it is causing.
   That is when My Brain is like a delinquent child who needs discipline. What have I learned to do during these dark times? I have learned to have direct conversations with that delinquent child brain that sound like this: “You are not going to take me to that dark place” or “Not Today” or “Give me a break….Again? or “I can’t handle this today so please just leave me alone”.

   The fancy scientific name for this process is “neuroplasticity” which simply means “I can train my delinquent child brain to think properly, and sit up and take notice, and make it very clear that the delinquent child brain is not in charge.

   Until we train every individual who treats people with brain issues about “neuroplasticity”, then we will continue to read about how creative people have chosen to “leave this world”, and leave us all of with the question “could I have made a difference”.

   I believe that people who struggle to be mentally well can get better, and can train their brains to help them recover.

   We must include in the conversation that people can recover from brain issues. The person dealing with the brain issues must keep searching for a frontline health professional, who truly believes they can recover from brain issues, and don’t give up until they find one. In 2014 we have the scientific tools and conclusive data that can help with recovery from brain issues, so it is really up to the health services to “change the way people think about their recovery from brain issues”.

   No matter how many people write “you are not alone” those words are not strong enough to combat the loneliness that torments people with brain issues, unless someone tells them they can recover.

My call to action: to provide hope that people with brain issues will find better ways to recover, help people with brain issues to learn to “live with their new brains”, and to encourage people with brain issues to keep asking questions until they find someone who will help them recover.

   What is your call to action on the topic of brain issues?

courtesy Brain Injury Association of Canada