While many Fourth of July public celebrations, fireworks shows, and festivals have were cancelled due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, many of these activities have returned for the 2022 holiday, along with individuals, groups, communities and neighborhoods conducting their own fireworks. 

modern drawing of a male figure with sensory overload For many with traumatic brain injury (TBI), cognitive conditions, and neurodiversity, fireworks can trigger Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and/or sensory overload and other stressors. 

Preparation is key to manage this holiday. 

Here are some links that can help. 

  • Here’s a good article on how to manage PTSD on the 4th of July holiday. 
  • Here’s some helpful information in this article about seizure risks and prevention if fireworks are present. 
  • This is one of our favorite articles from Brainline.org on handling the holidays in general. Number thirteen in the tip list specifically discusses fireworks.
  • Here’s a really thorough article on how to deal with fireworks if you have post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
  • Click here to view an short video that we have featured on this blog. This video has helpful advice and information directly from a brain injury survivor on how she copes with fireworks.
  • For those with sensory issues, this excellent article from Brainline.org can help.
  • For those who have suffered a recent trauma and/or loss of a loved one, fireworks can be difficult to be around. Here’s a short article on tips to create a plan and manage anxiety and PTSD. 

Please be safe and take care of yourselves, BEST friends. Many hugs. 

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