– Loss of Motivation
Following a brain injury, some individuals are unable to feel enthusiasm for anything. They may lack drive, spontaneity and initiative. For example, their ability to pursue previous hobbies may have been affected and they may abandon them. They may have no desire to go out and may sit in front of the television or wander around aimlessly. Other people might appear interested and be full of good intentions but are simply unable to organise themselves and initiate appropriate action due to cognitive difficulties. These might include an inability to plan, to set goals and to work towards them. Although this can be frustrating for the family it is important to realise that the ABI survivor is not being lazy but rather such difficulties are a direct result of damage to the part of the brain that controls emotion, motivation and forward-planning.