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The Impact of a TBI on Relationships

by The Beasley Firm  |  February 8, 2021  |  

Managing Relationships after a TBI

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury can come with many medical complications that can have a significant impact on you and your loved ones. Not only do the stresses of healing from your injury take a toll on everyday life, but they can also have a severe impact on relationships with your significant other.

All hope is not lost for couples who struggle with maintaining their relationship after one partner suffers a TBI. Fortunately, there are some things couples can do to overcome the obstacles and bring forth a fulfilling relationship. Learn how to get through the toughest challenges.

The Significant Relationship Changes After a TBI

The more severe the brain injury, the more challenges couples will face. While a mild TBI, such as a concussion, often does not result in long-term relationship problems, more complicated TBIs can pose life-altering changes for you and your partner. The most common relationship changes can affect three areas of the relationship: responsibilities, roles, and communication. Read on to learn more about the most common relationship changes couples face after one partner sustains a TBI.

Changes In Responsibilities

Someone with a TBI may not perform specific tasks and other responsibilities that they once used to do, such as household chores, yard work, managing finances, or planning family events. When one partner can no longer perform these tasks, the other must often take on extra responsibilities, which can be stressful.

Changes In Relationship Roles

When it comes to family dynamics, it can be challenging to adjust to new changes. It will take time for couples to learn how to shift roles. Depending on how the couple and their families did things before the traumatic brain injury, some role changes can be significant, whereas others may not be drastic. An athlete who sustains an injury and suffers a significant TBI due to sports medicine malpractice, for example, may no longer be able to provide the same financial support they did before the accident. Each partner may feel a bit of uncertainty and frustration during this adjustment period.

Changes In Communication

Communication is one of the most critical components of a relationship. Communication can be one of the biggest hurdles couples could face after one partner has suffered a TBI. Not being able to communicate effectively can be stressful for both partners.

Physical Intimacy

It’s not uncommon for couples to see significant changes in their sexual relationship after a TBI. These changes can often be caused by hormonal changes caused by the injury, appearance, self-confidence issues, and lack of sexual interest.

Overcoming the Relationship Challenges

When couples face particular challenges after one partner has suffered a TBI, having a therapist can help couples find support. Counseling can help both partners find ways to improve their unique situation. Support groups, individual counseling, couples counseling, and family therapy can all be beneficial in assisting couples in coping.

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If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a truck accidentaviation accident, or medical accident, our caring attorneys are here to help you get through a difficult time. When someone else’s careless actions caused you harm, we will be in your corner to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Pursuing compensation for your injury can give you peace of mind knowing that you’ll receive the money you need when it comes to relieving overwhelming medical costs and other expenses associated with treating a TBI.

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