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badge2Living your life with a brain injury is much more complex than physical survival and medical progress. These blog articles discuss the long term effects of brain injuries on relationships over time.

Marriage and Traumatic Brain Injury: A couples’ journey

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My husband Bill has a traumatic brain injury, associated with medication adverse reaction in combination with major depressive disorder.

Since January of 2006, after he entered the hospital, and was deemed lucky to be alive 5 different ways, I have been by his side. That is almost five years. Hospitalizations and crises concern our friends and people we know. But they look at this in small doses: three days here, four weeks there, etc.

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Divorce after Brain Injury

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With nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. ending in divorce, it’s been widely reported for many years that the rate of divorce is even higher among couples when a spouse has a brain injury. Divorce rates ranging from 48% to 78% are commonly given.

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Emotional Mis-communication Changes Relationships after Brain Injury

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Why do many persons with brain injury have trouble developing and maintaining relationships? It may be due to changes in their ability to read and express emotions. This is essential for communicating and connecting with other people and for sustaining close relationships. Research into the expression and interpretation of emotions by survivors is examining new areas for brain injury treatment and recovery.

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Grieving Losses after a Brain Injury

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Grieving is a deep sadness that we try to avoid, it is an anguish in your heart that words really can’t touch or describe. But, I know from experience that grieving is necessary and must be embraced when there has been a loss in your life.

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Cost of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Treatment for traumatic brain injury can be costly for the child or adult who has been injured as well as the family. Hospital care, rehabilitation, therapies, medication, home care, equipment – all can be costly. These expenses are added to lost income of family members. The costs of care for traumatic brain injury, insurance limits, and limited community resources add to the stress of families.

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Physical and Mental Aging after a Brain Injury

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Survivors of traumatic brain injury worry about the effects of aging on cognition, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy. Aging is not a disease, but aging can compound the effects of brain trauma including memory, organization, and problem solving. Ten rules are given to help adults with TBI with the aging process.

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Prison Inmates with Brain Injuries

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Update on acquired brain injury among prison inmates describes limited treatment for prisoners with neurological issues and acquired brain injury. Many have unidentified brain injuries and head trauma despite histories of unconsciousness, concussions, hospital admissions and physical trauma or abuse.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Prisons: A Case Manager’s Experience

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As a volunteer and support group leader in jail and prisons, John Simpson describes unidentified head trauma and TBI, physical abuse, childhood brain injuries, multiple brain injuries and alcohol abuse among prison inmates. As a case manager, he discusses the impact of head trauma on social behavior, alcohol use and troubled relationships.

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Grief after Brain Injury – There’s No Way Around It

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Grieving a loss after a death, catastrophic injury, chronic illness or transitional loss is a hard, long, and difficult process. When a family member survives a traumatic brain injury, there are still losses to grieve as life will not be the same again. Avoiding the emotional pain that comes with grieving can delay and complicate the healing process.

There is no way to the other side of grief except to go through it. Take time to heal – for however long that takes! You are worth it!

Each loss and every aspect of the loss can be a source of pain and must be grieved. Each loss needs to be worked through individually and yes, this takes time.

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TBI in Marriage

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Married just nine months, her husband’s brain injury left Barbara Stahura feeling shocked, fearful and anxious about his survival and their future. Watching him in coma she questioned whether he would survive. Once medically stable, there were new concerns once he spoke as the severity of his brain injury became apparent.

She wanted to look inside Ken’s brain, to see what the scanning machines could not, to find his lost self. Would Ken’s brain heal? How much? When? No one could provide the answers. There was nothing to do but move through the days.

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