Social relationships and Emotions
Emotions alter Relationships after Brain Injury
By Dawn Neumann, Ph.D.
TBI changes communication in a marriage
The woman in my office was clearly a very successful woman, who for the most part, usually had it together. But now it appeared she could fall apart at any second. She was there to talk to me about her husband who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI). She told me that since the accident, he had made terrific strides learning to walk again, improving his balance, and regaining most of his thinking skills.
Despite these monumental improvements, there was still a terrific strain in their relationship. She no longer felt “connected” with her husband. The wife was frustrated and perplexed. Prior to the injury, which was just months before they were married, he was an extremely compassionate person always in tune to her emotions. Now he was oblivious to her needs. He never comforted her in times of sadness or worry. He was unresponsive to her frustrations. He never participated in her joys, not even when their first child was born. Was this because he didn’t care? Most people would assume so, but as you read on, you will see that this is because he just couldn’t tell how she was feeling.
Brain injury can affect relationships with everyone
We all know relationships can be very challenging. This does not just refer to relationships with spouses, but relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and even acquaintances. Add a brain injury into the mix, and these relationships can become even more stressed. In fact, relationship problems are one of the most frequently reported long-term and devastating consequences after brain injury. They often cause families who have been touched by a brain injury to become fairly isolated and have dwindling support networks.
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For about three years. although i loved and was deeply devoted to him i found that i just could not be with someone in his condition any more. i began to realize towards the end how depressed it was making ME, to be with him. i was centering so much attention on him and his depression i never stopped to think how deep i had sunk with him and how it had changed my life and my relationships with other people. he would also lash out at me and then apologize later, saying how it was just because of his social anxiety, his depression, etc.
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