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Navigating changes in relationships with a TBI

| Apr 29, 2020 | Injuries |

Victims of a traumatic brain injury in California may experience side effects in multiple areas of their life including their career, physical activity, lifestyle and relationships. People who have a TBI may notice changes in their relationships including the roles that each contributor takes.

Understanding the impact of a TBI on relationships may help victims and their families to move forward with the reassurance that over time, new roles will take shape and with a bit of support and determination, treasured relationships may continue to thrive.

Emotional changes after a TBI

Traumatic brain injury victims require strong support systems to aid in their recovery and healing. The absence of reliable support may prolong the recovery period. With a network of loving, caring and determined individuals cheering for a TBI victim, encouragement, realistic expectations and understanding can optimize one’s efforts to recover.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, victims of TBI may feel as though they would rather be alone because they are no longer valued or understood. They may struggle to see how they relate to their friends and family members and mistakenly feel as though people are avoiding them. Self-isolation is not uncommon but presents a real challenge for recovery and mental health.

Professional support for recovery

The benefits of a range of therapies and rehabilitation resources may optimize the recovery of TBI victims. The Mayo Clinic lists several of these resources including neuropsychology, visits with a psychiatrist, speech pathology, and physical and occupational therapy. Each of these approaches to continuing recovery facilitates different aspects of a person’s healing and return to normal life.