Yara tells us about the invisible impairments that her motorbike accident has left. In that motorbike accident she suffered a head trauma (TBI), with a strong blow to the head and two subarachnoid hemorrhages, After recovering well physically, she decided to go back to work, not knowing that the trauma had caused a brain injury with significant cognitive, behavioral and emotional consequences, all of them invisible…
In the video she explains how after a failed attempt to go back to work she started a rehabilitation program at CEADAC (State Center for Attention to Acquired Brain Injury) in Madrid. And how she started to discover the consequences that her TBI had left in her daily life.
Yara describes, in great detail, her difficulties: her slow response speed, her social relationship issues, how executive functions don’t work anymore, her difficulties in the expression and emotional management, her problems at handling money and her challenges when joining a new job. Thanks to Yara’s explanations, and her new awareness after her rehabilitation process, we can understand how in an acquired brain injury cognitive impairments do not involve an intellectual disability.
“After the injury my feelings have been amplified, but the way of expressing them has been reduced.”
The video also shows us Yara’s journey from ignorance, frustration, to learning tools and hope for the future.
“Having got that help (getting a new contract at a company) has given me a lot of self-security, to see that I can do it, and yes! I can learn and if I can there is life beyond the injury and I can rehabilitate and work day by day to get better”.
Amor Bize, neuropsychologist at CEADAC (State Rehabilitation Centre for Acquired Brain Injury) explains some of the cognitive, emotional and behavioural impairments after a TBI
MISTAKE!: 1.59 DYSCALCULIA. Yara does not have a Dyscalculia. Her difficulty in multiplying, dividing, and subtracting from Yara is a limitation of the working memory, because Yara cannot do the calculations mentally. Dyscalculia is a developmental disorder, which occurs when children have not yet acquired arithmetic processing. Arithmetical calculation impairment in an acquired brain injury is called ACALCULIA.