Computer-mediated communication is the use of computer networking systems to communicate with others. Today, this usually comes in the form of E-mail and social media messages. For those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, computer-mediated communication can aid in recovery by helping the injured cope with the isolation brought on by brain injury. It can also help them connect with other patients who have experienced the same injury.
Emotional Struggles for the Injured
Those who suffer with a traumatic brain injury often express a feeling that others do not take their ideas or feelings seriously. Relatives become impatient and frustrated with the slowed communication that comes from difficulty with forming and sharing ideas. Upon being discharged to the home, many patients feel disengaged and alone. The changes brought on by the injury makes it hard for patients to recognize the self they knew before. Patients may feel they are burdens to loved ones and react with anxiety, sensitivity to criticism and anger. (more…)