Sometimes it’s hard for a person with TBI to analyze a situation and understand what could happen. As a result, they may exhibit poor or faulty judgment in some circumstances.
What might you see?
- Possibly inappropriate or harmful decisions affecting themselves or others
- Difficulty reasoning
- Ineffective problem solving
- Spending money on unnecessary items
- Increased alcohol consumption or use of other substances before or while driving
How can you help?
- Work with the healthcare team to develop effective problem-solving skills:
- Identify the issue or problem. If the problem has many parts, break it down into smaller sub-problems or tasks that can be addressed one issue at a time.
- Brainstorm possible solutions together. Think of as many possibilities as you can.
- Evaluate the alternatives. Consider the pros and cons of each possibility.
- Choose a solution — the one that seems to fit best.
- Role-play with the service member or veteran to prepare for various situations.
- Have them try the solution out.
- Evaluate the solution. If it didn’t work, try another solution until they find the one that works.