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Brain injuries and relationships: Common thoughts and concerns

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impact you in a multitude of ways. It can limit your physical abilities and cognitive functions, make it impossible for you to work and mean that you'll need assistance and medical care for the rest of your life.

The injury can also put a lot of stress on the relationships that you have with those around you. In some cases, family members do not feel like they even know you after a brain injury. You may physically be the same person, but your personality has changed so much that you seem like someone new. This is very hard for children and spouses of brain injury patients.

As a result, the brain injury can lead to a lot of negative thoughts and feelings, changing the way you interact with the world. A few common changes include:

  • You prefer to be alone now rather than with other people.
  • You're unable to relate to the people around you the way you did before.
  • You feel like no one really wants to be around you or like they are actively avoiding you.
  • If you are still working, you worry that you may be fired or that your employer is looking for an excuse to let you go.
  • You feel like other people can't understand what you are going through.

One of the biggest issues for TBI patients is that people often come visit you while you are in the hospital, but your brain injury may last for life. When those people stop visiting, you can feel secluded and depressed.

Of course, every case is different, but for the best possible outcome, you must understand the ways that life may change and the legal options you may have to seek financial compensation.

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