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Traumatic brain injuries may require adaptations at work

Traumatic brain injuries range in severity and can make it difficult for adults to work. Not everyone who suffers from this type of injury will be able to return to work, but those who do are likely going to need modifications to help them do their jobs suitably.

The types of adaptations you will need depend on the way that the brain injury impacted you. It is imperative that you are honest with yourself and your employer about your limitations and needs. Being truthful can make the situation less frustrating for you and those around you.

Dealing with memory challenges

Your memory is likely going to be one of the biggest problems that you have to deal with at work. You might be surprised at how much you count on your memory on a daily basis. Things like remembering the order of steps for completing tasks or remembering where to find certain information can be a challenge.

While you cannot force your memory to return to what it was in the past, you can do small things to make your work duties easier. For example, keep a planner so you can write down meeting and other events. You can also make yourself lists of tasks to complete or make cheat sheets for processes.

Safety as a priority

Your safety has to be a priority when you are at work. Brain injuries can sometimes make it hard for you to realize dangers. With this in mind, you need to find out if you can have a safety audit that can point out what you need to be aware of as you work.

If you have to deal with materials, machinery or other work-related instruments that might be dangerous, make a list of the safety precautions you need to take and refer to it before each use. You may also need to ask that someone helps you when you handle dangerous tasks to make sure that you aren't a risk to yourself or others.

Taking control of your emotions

Your emotions might be affected by your injury. This could mean that you cry without much provocation or that you get angry easily. These feelings can be hard to deal with but there are coping methods that can help you deal with these emotions while you work.

A traumatic brain injury might be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which could mean that you may be able to get help from your employer for the assistive options that you will need to work successfully.

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