Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.
It sounds like the cause of your symptoms could be a couple of things. To start, you may want to check with your doctor about the possibility that your traumatic brain injury might be affecting your ability to settle down. Sometimes brain injuries can affect the brain in a way that looks like an emotional disorder but is really caused by a problem in the brain. So checking that out first with your doctor helps eliminate that possibility before you consider an emotional issue.
If you are ok health wise, you may have either Adult ADD
(also known as ADHD) or a mild form of Bipolar
disorder called Cyclothymia
. With Cyclothymia, you would have the same symptoms you have now with a possible depressed mood once in a while. Here is a resource to help you learn more about Cyclothymia:
Cyclothymia is treated with therapy and medication, often Depakote. This helps regulate mood and help you function better.
YOu could also have Adult ADD. ADHD is not considered a learning disability. For adults who have the disorder, it is characterized by trouble concentrating, organizing tasks, remembering information and completing work on time. Up to 10% of children are diagnosed with ADHD and 60% of those carry the disorder into adulthood. Here are some resources for ADHD:
Another possibility could be the effects of growing up in a family with alcoholism and dysfunction. If you felt your family never got anything done and that nothing changed, you may feel that when you "do nothing" you become very anxious. This drives you to keep making changes so you don't experience the anxiety, which would remind you of your home life as a child. In order to cope with these feelings, seeing a therapist would help you come to terms with the trauma of your childhood and learn to cope differently with your feelings.
Your best bet, after seeing your doctor for a medical clearance, is to have an evaluation done by a qualified therapist, someone with a Master's degree or Ph.D. They will be able to find out which diagnosis you have and provide you with the best treatment options to help you feel better.
I hope this has helped you,