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TBI and Social Fitness

Social fitness is the ability to engage in productive personal and professional relationships, positively interact with unit and command networks, and use resources that promote overall well-being. Strong interpersonal relationships can help identify possible TBI, and can assist in recovery.

Messages for Communicators

  • When you experience a TBI, changes to your personal and professional relationships are common.
    • Some TBI symptoms, like mood swings and personality changes, can stress relationships.
    • Friends, families and coworkers who notice these changes, and are aware of a possible head injury, should encourage medical attention.
    • Seeking medical attention for a potential TBI is a sign of strength, not weakness.
  • Encouragement from family members and friends is crucial in identifying and recovering from TBI.
    • Family members and friends can play an important role in encouraging someone who may have a TBI to contact their healthcare provider for assistance.
    • Strong, resilient relationships can also help people overcome some symptoms of TBI, like depression.


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