These changes have led many spouses to say they feel like they are “married to a stranger.” The intimate partners of survivors may have new concerns or fears related to both the incident that caused the injury and the new behavior traits of the survivor.
Also, partners often change the focus in their lives in order to manage the multiple challenges that arise for their family after an injury.
These changes in the survivor’s personality and the life focus of both partners often result in a feeling that partners do not know what to expect from one another.
Uncertainty can increase stress and anxiety within the home.
This factsheet will help couples understand some of the common changes they may notice in their relationship after TBI.
Also, suggestions are given for ways that couples can address some of the more difficult changes they are experiencing.
These changes are very personal and can be very emotional for both people in the relationship.The following life changes typically affect intimate relationships: Brain injury survivors often have new personality traits, challenges, fears, and limitations.Survivors are often surprised by how these changes also mean that they will feel and behave differently in their relationships.Back to top After a TBI, survivors must focus their energy on getting better and developing new skills.Although some of the relationship changes after TBI are difficult and can be painful, there are many things that couples can do in order to enjoy each other and their relationship in new, positive, and meaningful ways.
A TBI can significantly change a couple’s relationship.