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Side Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Texas Families

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be difficult to detect and all too often overlooked in individuals who suffer head trauma. A blow to the head during a motor vehicle accident or a bicycle-car collision can cause serious injury with long-term consequences, not only for the victim, but for his or her family as well.

A 2007 study revealed that approximately 15 percent of couples divorced within seven years of one spouse experiencing a brain injury. After the initial miracle wears off, investigators reported, couples are no longer happy with just being alive, they want more. They want their old lives and selves back, from before the traumatic brain injury occurred.

But, for some who suffer a TBI, they may never be the same. Depending on where the brain was injured and how severe the injury, the personality of someone with a head injury may be permanently changed. Sugar Land and Houston brain injury attorneys have seen the life-altering effects of TBI. Getting head injury victims and their families the treatment they need -- from physical therapy to counseling -- is part and parcel to reaching maximum recover from a brain injury.

Several therapists at the Virginia Commonwealth University, along with others from across the country, are attempting to establish counseling parameters for couples who are working through recovery from a TBI. Therapy may include teaching spouses to reacquaint themselves with each other after the often profound personality changes caused by a TBI as well as helping the injured spouse cope with being a changed individual.

In the New York Times story, one couple reported that prior to suffering a brain injury, the husband had a 'sparkle,' that after the brain injury was lost and he now suffers from depression and anxiety. Rather than returning to life before the injury, through therapy and the passage of time, the couple has now created a new 'normal.'

The costs of traumatic brain injury -- physical, emotional and financial -- cannot be overstated. From rehabilitative physical therapy to psychological counseling for individuals, couples and families, the impact of a TBI affects more than just the person who was injured. But, there is hope. Doctors continue to look for ways to improve treatment and care of individuals with a TBI as more and more is learned about the far-reaching effects of the catastrophic injury.

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