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4 ways a brain injury can change your spouse's personality

For family members of those who are injured, one of the hardest things about a brain injury is that it can change the person's personality - sometimes forever. Maybe you've known your spouse since college, you've been married for a few years, and you feel like you know each other as deeply and completely as you've ever known anyone. If your spouse suffers a brain injury, he or she may feel like a completely different person.

1. Behavior may become unpredictable.

You may not know whom you're going to wake up next to in the morning. Will your spouse be happy, content, angry, or depressed? When you know someone, you can typically predict what he or she will do when presented with certain situations, but someone who has suffered a brain injury may respond erratically or in ways you'd never have anticipated.

2. Emotions may be a roller coaster.

Some people report "emotional outbursts" after a brain injury. An even-tempered person may suddenly lash out in anger, take a nap, and then wake up feeling fine - and perhaps with no memory of the outburst. Serious emotional issues, such as depression and anxiety, can also take their toll. This can be very hard for family members to deal with, especially when someone who used to be nice and calm is now aggressive and angry.

3. PTSD can cause lasting problems.

Post traumatic stress disorder often impacts different people in different ways, but it can lead to many of the issues noted above: outbursts, erratic behavior, depression, and more. It can also tie anxiety directly to the event that caused the injury. For example, if your spouse was injured in a car accident, he or she could have panic attacks any time you try to get in the car. This can be incredibly limiting.

4. Memory may be unreliable.

Short-term and long-term memories can be impacted. For instance, you may have a shouting match with your spouse that he or she can't remember at all the next day. In some cases, this can lead to a denial of what really happened. Memory issues can also cause arguments when your spouse doesn't understand your actions. For example, maybe it's not medically safe for your spouse to drive anymore, but he or she may constantly forget that, instead blaming you for taking the keys and not letting him or her behind the wheel. You may feel like you're explaining the same things over and over again.

As you can see, a serious brain injury can impact your spouse and your young family for years, and perhaps forever, even if he or she is physically healed. There are many rehabilitation tactics and other treatments that can be used to help, but they can bring added costs. That's why you need to know if you and your spouse can seek compensation for an injury caused by someone else. That compensation may help to cover these costs and get your spouse the necessary treatment.

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