Time is on your side. Memory, sex drive, loss of interest does come back, but it is very "normal" to have normal daily thoughts & experiences to disappear and then come roaring back. Find a new hobby, or play music albums you haven't played for many years to help wake up those missing pieces. I was in a hospital for 3 months, been nearly 9 years ago when I left, & I only remember the last 3 weeks at all, But in my opinion it doesn't matter at all, because I remember almost everything else, whether it's before my injury or after I came home. You will recover more & more everyday. Believe in yourself.
I wish there was a definate answer to your question, but I have not found one. I have had similiar issues, and the passion does come back but still wax and wanes, like returning to work. I get all gung ho and find suitable job listing, then the next day, the little voice of lack of confidence prevents me from moving forward to apply.
I think after the injury, we are not quite integrated. We have fears because we feel what we have lost and it reaks havoc on our esteem. We are challenged with an internal arguement. If we believe we cannot accomplish, its hard to have passion. Keep disputing any negative messages you are giving yourself.
Also, If we think of Maslows Hierarchy of needs, we know that we must feel saftety and security to move to the next level. After injuries, many have various fears that interfere with moving forward. It may be change in financial, loosing a spouse, how we will survive, being a burden to others, etc. These fears get in the way of passion.
Be gentle on yourself, use positive self talk, and affirm your attributes daily. Identify your worth. Over time, I think most people are able to regain those passions.
Hi Matt. I am in close to the same place you are. I lack interest in everything including sex. I fell from a ladder at work, which I remember coming to on the floor and then it was 2 weeks later. My fall was 11 months ago. I am told this is not much time but it feels like forever to me. I get a little better then I flatten out i get a little better I flatten out but the flats get longer and longer. Somethings have not improved cognitive which has caused anger.It's easy to talk about the anger thing but hard to stop it, try you lose friends and family. I hope it comes back before there is nobody left. Good luck in your recovery.
As for remembering the accident, (or crash in my case), I believe your brain is just protecting itself, I can remember vividly about 2 weeks b4 my crash, but then some things even earlier my brain "doesn't want to remember, I have a black spot in my memory of about 6 months, and hey, I've been told not to worry about it, and I don't, as long as your functional memory works, i.e. u can remember where u have been, where u have to go, etc. Some ppl with TBI's need to keep a diary and even notes around the house, cause they have a memory span of hours, I have some unfortunate fds like this. So I think, you'll remember if/when u need too, my advice DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE ACCIDENT!