A crash can alter many aspects of your life. Everything from your emotional and mental health to your physical wellness and even your finances can suffer from the impact. Even your behavioral health and relationships may suffer.
When it comes to alterations to your personal ties, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may have a significant impact. But how and why?
Losing rational coping mechanisms
Memory Systems Knowledge Translation Center examines the ways in which your brain health impacts your relationship health directly. First, TBIs are brain injuries that involve moderate to severe damage, or mild but complex damage. In these situations, victims experience potentially stark changes to personalities. Many grow more aggressive and rash, having a harder time controlling impulsive behavior. Some even lash out at loved ones, unable to cope healthily with stress and anxiety anymore.
Alteration of duties
On top of that, your division of responsibilities and duties will change. For example, if you were the breadwinner and can no longer work, those you live with – family, a partner, roommates, etc. – will have to pick up the slack. If you used to handle household chores, they will need to manage it in your place.
In some couples, one or both partners even go so far as to say that it feels like they have married a stranger due to the alterations in relationship expectations, behaviors and so on. If you leave these issues unmanaged and unchecked, they have the possibility to permanently harm your ties. Thus, you may want to consider seeking professional help like relationship counseling or legal aid to gain financial compensation to help as you move through this unprecedented period in your life.
If you or a loved one has experienced one of these injuries, a personal injury attorney like those at Conlon Tarker, P.C. can be an invaluable resource.