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There are many myths and misunderstandings about marriage and divorce among couples when a spouse has a brain injury. These blogs articles explore the impact of brain injury or tbi on relationships.

New Beginnings after Brain Injury

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It’s still January, still the beginning of a new year. The time of year we all get a do-over. People make promises to start over: lose weight, exercise more, get that promotion, or spend more time with family. They make these promises because they choose to. They make them because they want to.

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Marriage and Traumatic Brain Injury: Who is the Caregiver Here?

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I guess for Bill and I, the first thing we had to get over when he was injured was the Traumatic part of the equation. I am sure we have all had trauma in our life, so you know that it keeps coming back from time to time. PTSD, is a real problem and many of us suffer from it, both from TBI and our previous life experiences.

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Relationship Perspectives

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To gain a perspective is to gain another point of view. In a relationship, it is important that we try to understand where the other person is coming from or where they are at in their life. Seeking to understand first before being understood is a challenge for most people, but if you can approach a situation from this angle, I guarantee you will gain a new perspective.

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Memory Enhancement and Tips

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Last week I shared cognitive rehab strategies for language skills you can practice at home. This week we’ll focus on strategies to enhance memory.

Brain injury can cause serious problems with memory. The problems might include remembering events before the brain injury or after the brain injury. It might also include problems with making and working with new memories. What could be more frightening than not remembering your name, your life, or why you’re in the hospital surrounded by strangers?

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Learning to Love a Stranger

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Valentine’s Day is not the only time we think about love and long for a deep connection with a partner. After a person has a brain injury, especially a moderate-severe injury, there may be changes in personality, memory, and communication.

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Marriage and TBI Part IV – Assistive Technology to Attain Independence

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I hope the information I am providing in this article will be meaningful and helpful to a family or traumatic brain injury survivor with some similar issues as Bill. I remember that when this journey began five years ago, I had a difficult time finding information and direction. We have been able to learn about Assistive Technology and incorporate it into our daily lives.

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Marriage and Brain Injury

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Sometimes, I just sit and cry. That’s when Bill is in the hospital mostly. People ask me how I have the strength to do what I do. “Caring for a spouse with your husband’s problems must be very difficult.”

It is. But living with any spouse with any disability has to be difficult. I am not alone in the caring for a spouse world. Brain injury and the loss of so many abilities that one had before is confusing and challenging for both the survivor and the spouse. The inability to use a microwave or stove or even read a recipe to make for dinner is very hard on Bill. He was a wonderful cook, and I miss his cooking. He misses much more and has learned to accept my cooking and helps me as he can.

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Marriage and Traumatic Brain Injury

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When Bill was released from the hospital several months after his brain injury in June 2006, he was still on medication that really played havoc with his mind. He wasn’t sure where he was, what he was safe to do, and what had happened. Over the next few months that medication was regulated.

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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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