Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Patience is the key to coping with brain injuries. Adults will experience the majority of their recovery during the first six months. You may continue to experience smaller, more gradual improvements for up to two years after the hematoma.

The following tips may help make for a smoother recovery:

  • Get adequate sleep at night, and rest in the daytime when you feel tired.
  • Ease back into your normal activities when you feel stronger.
  • Don't participate in contact and recreational sports until you get your doctor's OK.
  • Check with your doctor before you begin driving, playing sports, riding a bicycle or operating heavy machinery. Your reaction times likely will have slowed as a result of your brain injury.
  • Check with your doctor before taking medication.
  • Don't drink alcohol until you've recovered fully. Alcohol may hinder recovery, and drinking to excess can increase your risk of a second injury.
  • Write down things you have trouble recalling.
  • Talk with trusted family or friends before making important decisions.
June 25, 2014