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Poor Judgment

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.