focusing through trauma
May 1, 2011 2:06 PM Subscribe
I had something traumatic happen a little over a week ago. I need my brain back. When do I start to worry and what do I do?
posted by slow graffiti to health & fitness (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I saw a friend killed in front of me (bike vs. car incident) a week ago. I'm as okay as I can be, all considered, but I REALLY need to get my focus back now so I can finish the semester in my PhD program as normal.
I am supposed to have a test this week and I think I'm going to have to postpone it, as much as I really don't want to. I am obviously behind on other stuff and I am having a really tough time getting my focus back. I had this problem in a mild way before, and I had to turn off the internet sometimes to have long blocks of productive time. Now my brain doesn't want to cooperate, internet or not. I just feel dumb and not all there, which is probably normal. Yes, I've seen counselors and talked to friends and all that- I really just want to get back to work. I'm not trying to not grieve or anything, but I enjoy doing science and it's frustrating not being with it enough to write code or read complicated journal articles.
I'm not having PTSD-style intrusive thoughts about the accident, just feeling foggy and tired. I'm sleeping as long as I can but I've been waking up a little too early.
If I just have to let myself be dumb for a while, okay. When do I start worrying that it's been too long, and how long did it take you to get your focus back after something traumatic?
Any attention hacks that will help me get back in the saddle might be useful here. I'm thinking of stuff like setting a timer and taking enforced breaks, etc. Did anything work for you personally? Do I need to go back and get more pro help for this specifically, or wait it out?