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Postconcussion and Mental Health with Bella Paige

During this conversation, Bella Paige talks about the reasons she started her own podcast The Post Concussion Podcast. She discusses the importance of mental health in concussion recovery and her journey leaving the sport of horse riding. She discussed feelings of depression when she had to give up her sport. She discusses the grief of seeing other people carry on with their lives and she felt that her social life really struggles. She discussed needing to move home because she needed more support. Nothing seemed to work to improve her symptoms and did not tell people about her mental health symptoms.

Meet Bella:

Bella is a concussion survivor and host of the Post-Concussion Podcast where she has over 50 podcast episodes waiting for you. Be sure to check it out on postconcussioninc.com.

Bella offers her story of hope and insights into how she was able to cope with the mental health symptoms related to her brain injury.

Things we discussed:

  • Having headaches and struggling with pain after her brain injury. She said that she often lied to her doctors and said “I’m doing great”, when she wasn’t.
  • She discussed difficulty with physical pain where she struggled to cope.
  • She discussed that she had a hard time with being told that she could no longer ride horses again after brain injury.
  • We talk about triggers or in Bella’s words signals when things are going wrong (for Bella that was running).
  • She says she struggled with how to “turn off” her bad thoughts
  • Bella said she struggled with feeling numb for quite some time and struggled with feeling gratitude or meaning.
  • She talks about the role of psychotherapy. She says that it saved her life and helped her find tools that assisted her in helping her feel better.
  • She indicated that she liked that her therapist gave her exercises for grounding and slowing her thoughts down.
  • Even with great access to healthcare, Bella struggled to get the help she needed.
  • She recommends that family members still hang around and stay engaged with the survivor.
  • Finding a good fit with your therapist is very important, keep trying!
  • “There is more to your life than a sport” –it can be hard, but there are other things that are important.

Takeaways

Takeaway #1

Finding your red flags or “warning signs”. For Bella she talked about running. You can’t function when you are depressed. It’s hard when you “look fine” on the outside, but you are struggling on the inside. Also, finding what works for you with trial and error.

Takeaway #2

She recommends that survivors talk with a mental health professional. For her therapy is more than venting, it’s about getting tools and learning more about yourself. She realized that her good friends and family cannot give her the tools she needed.

More From Bella

https://www.postconcussioninc.com/

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