Peer Health

Concussion

help i’m concussed & don’t know what to do with myself?!!

  1. if you haven’t already done so, go to the health center.
  2. educate yourself about concussions!  check out this short guide and more comprehensive document with descriptions of common symptoms and how to deal with them.  be aware that you might be drifting in and out of consciousness, which makes certain situations more complicated  (e.g. giving consent or making life-changing decisions).
  3. reach out to g.l. wallace if you need accommodations. the standard concussion package includes a notetaker, extra time on exams, flexible deadlines, and more.  here are some others that have been given.
  4. do less.
  5. no, seriously, do less.  concussions are not like other injuries you can rehab.  recovery requires patience.
  6. find at least one activity you can do. examples: coloring, knitting, painting, meditating, gentle yoga, podcasts & audiobooks (try youtube or librivox).
  7. seek out dim, quiet places on campus.  some suggestions: mission side rooms, thompson chapel basement, zilkha center, reading room in wcma.
  8. find a friend you can sit with in silence.  it’s really easy and tempting to isolate yourself when concussed, but this can contribute to depression which actually makes it much harder for your brain to heal (and will make you feel much much worse).  make sure you have someone who knows what’s going on and is willing to do very low energy activities with you.  
  9. sensitive to noise?  try earplugs.  peer health gives them out, or you can order hearos.  sensitive to light?  wear sunglasses as much as you want.
  10. many people recover within a month, but if you’re still experiencing symptoms many months out, you might want to consider taking time off.

people to contact* who have been through this:

ricky faillace ‘16
anand hemmady ‘17
sarah fleming ‘17.5
skylar chaney ‘19.5

*but pls don’t use them as a substitute for professional support; we can’t enable williams to rely on student labor