Traumatic brain injuries can jeopardize your brain function and consequently impact your everyday life. In severe situations, you might sustain permanent injuries that will require ongoing treatment.
Everything from your career to your independence, to your relationships, could feel the impact of a TBI. Knowing how your injury could interfere with your relationships might help you protect what matters to you.
The prevalence of TBIs in America makes them a top cause of injuries and deaths. In fact, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020 alone, 176 Americans suffered a fatal TBI every day. Because a head injury directly impacts your brain function, you might communicate differently than you did prior to your injury. This could complicate your ability to articulate your needs and feelings.
You might notice misunderstood or unmet expectations. Subconsciously, you and your partner may expect the relationship to function the way it always has despite your newfound limitations. Learning about your injury together may help both of you to come up with a plan to navigate your new normal. Your medical team can assist you in setting goals and learning how to communicate with each other.
Lack of support
A strong support system provides critical momentum in any TBI recovery. If you and your partner navigate the uncertainty of your injury alone, the experience could take its toll on both of you individually, as well as on your relationship together. Ask for help. Look for support groups. Regularly collaborate with your health care team and your legal team. Share your recovery goals and lean on the support of those around you.
Having adequate support and acknowledging that things will feel different in your relationships after a TBI can help you keep a realistic perspective. With the right help, you can continue to cultivate the relationships that mean the most to you.