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June 11, 2018

It happens slowly, like that metaphorical frog you’ve heard about. Put a frog in a pot of cold water and then turn up the heat slowly, and he won’t jump out, even when he’s dying.
Possessiveness and controlling behavior in TBI caregivers is something that creeps up on you, and I suspect it is common — not because people are trying to be annoying, but because they care so much and want to see that their loved one is treated well in every respect.

When my husband, Hugh, suffered a TBI, I was on it day and night. I stayed by his side every moment, asked doctors relevant questions; and when he woke up and began eating, I told the nurses what he did and didn’t like to eat. Then one day I visited his room and saw a tray with cold scrambled eggs on it. His nurse’s aide said, “He’s not eating anything.”

I snapped back, “He hates eggs. Why would he eat them?” I then proceeded to write a list of all the things he would not eat and listed food he loved as if he had a personal chef at the hospital (my bad). I brought food from home to entice him. He still didn’t eat. It was not the eggs, but I didn’t want to believe it. Looking back, this was the first sign that I was immersed in a pot of water like the frog, and the burner was just warming up.

As Hugh recovered and began to move around, I eliminated tripping hazards, used his gait belt, strapped on his helmet, watched him diligently, hired a night nurse, and imagined any and all ways he could hurt himself with poor balance, left neglect, general weakness, and no memory. Hypervigilance set in.

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 Given the challenges in identifying and assessing individuals with mTBI in the general population, studies addressing these topics via retrospective self-reports have demonstrated utility in comprehending the effects of mTBI [ 15 17 ]. Surveys administered to nonathlete high school and college student samples have explored a variety of mTBI-associated sequelae, including clusters of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms as well as comorbidities with psychological disorders [ 18 19 ]. Studies in which the authors use self-report measures of mTBI symptoms may be modified to be administered online and thus do not require in-person evaluations, allowing participants to complete measures in their own home and on their own time and resulting in a potentially greater rate of recruitment of mTBI participants than that seen in emergency departments [ 20 ].

“Crowdsourcing,” or an online tool used to collect data from a large, diverse set of participants, has been used in recent years to collect self-report information on both clinical and nonclinical populations [ 21 ]. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk; ), a popular crowdsourcing Web site in which MTurk “workers” complete surveys and tasks online in exchange for compensation, has proven to be an especially useful method of collecting data [ 22 ]. Data collection via MTurk is low-cost (eg, workers earn a median of $2.25 per hour), doesn’t require a trained interviewer to be present, and can be completed at the worker’s convenience, allowing for rapid accumulation of data [ 23 24 ]. The MTurk pool in particular is a diverse one, with workers representing a wide array of racial, financial, and educational backgrounds that has been identified as consistent with the general population and more diverse than other convenience samples (eg, college students) [ 21 24 ]. Although workers are paid small amounts in return for their participation, the quality of the data collected has been uniformly high [ 21 24 25 26 ].

Although MTurk is a promising tool for a variety of types of research, it has proven useful especially in the recruitment of clinical populations [ 25 ]. MTurk-collected prevalence rates for numerous conditions are similar to those observed via in-person clinical interviews for large representative samples for numerous conditions, including attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and anxiety, as well as comorbidities frequently associated with those conditions [ 25 27 28 ]. Estimates of associations between specific demographics and clinical symptoms (eg, unemployment and depression) also have been obtained via MTurk, and these relationships mirror those observed elsewhere in non-online samples [ 25 28 ]. In addition, MTurk workers report being more willing to provide information regarding their clinical diagnoses and symptoms online than they would be via an in-person interview [ 25 ]. Overall, clinical researchers increasingly have realized the utility of MTurk in their populations of interest, and the number of studies incorporating MTurk and other crowdsourcing platforms has grown substantially in recent years [ 27 29 30 31 ].

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Quitting at something almost universally seen as a negative. Certainly, there are times when quitting can be a good, like giving up smoking for example. But generally speaking, quitting something is seen as a loss. Even if it is something we don’t find rewarding, or something we don’t enjoy, quitting something always feels like a personal setback. But sometimes, quitting something can be the first step towards the road to success.
In 2016 Neil Sheth quit his job. For ten years he was a successful investment banker in Goldman Sachs in London, but he wanted more. So he launched a business on the side, focusing on digital marketing. But he found he was unable to focus as much time as he liked on it, so he took the plunge. He quit his job.
Within a few months, he had not only secured some free time (no more morning commute!) but started earning a considerable income. [1]

He isn’t the only person to quit as a way of achieving success, take for example Sarah Grove who quit her job as a kiteboarder to start a successful online health food magazine, or Catherine Wood who quit her job as an economist for the federal government to become a life coach, and in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg left his studies at Harvard to focus on a little website he and some friends were working on, a site called Facebook. [2]  All these people are quitters, and all these people are happier, and more successful because of it.

Of course, quitting isn’t for everyone, and at times it can be hard to know if quitting something is even the right decision.

To help determine whether quitting something will be beneficial, it is important to ask yourself this very crucial question:

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Locked inside a brain-injured head looking out at a challenging world is the premise of this extraordinary autobiography. Over My Head is an inspiring story of how one woman comes to terms with the loss of her identity and the courageous steps (and hilarious missteps) she takes while learning to rebuild her life.

The author, a 45-year-old doctor and clinical professor of medicine, describes the aftermath of a brain injury eleven years ago which stripped her of her beloved profession. For years she was deprived of her intellectual companionship and the ability to handle the simplest undertakings like shopping for groceries or sorting the mail.

Her progression from confusion, dysfunction, and alienation to a full, happy life is told with restraint, great style, and considerable humor.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“Healing is a matter of time, but it sometimes is also a matter of opportunity.

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Happy 18th Birthday, Darby.