Promising to care for the one you choose to marry is a very important part of marriage vows, and an important responsibility to carry. Most couples never imagine that part of their lives together may include a season in which one spouse or the other is genuinely not themselves.
Unfortunately, this kind of change is a real possibility for many couples, especially if one spouse suffers from a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mild TBIs are often very deceptive injuries that alter the way a victim's brain operates and may even change a victim's personality.
If your spouse suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, or if you suspect such an injury, you should do everything you can to get your spouse professional medical treatment and diagnosis as soon as possible. The symptoms of mild TBIs often place severe strain on marriages, sometimes proving too much for the marriage to hold.
Mild TBI effects on mental functions
Mild TBIs inflict damage on the brain that is difficult to identify or locate. Often, such injuries "scramble" a person's brain, making it difficult to think clearly, like trying to hear a song through constant light static on the radio.
In practice, this often means that victims cannot focus on any particular task or conversation for a meaningful amount of time. In fact, the experience of failing to concentrate or complete a simple task is often very frustrating to the victim, far beyond how one might normally react.
Victims may also experience difficulty understanding conversation or text that they read. This regularly leads to frustrating conflicts and miscommunication between family members or colleagues.
Mild TBI effects on personality
To a spouse or other close family member or friend, it may seem as though victims are simply behaving selfishly or lazily, and throwing tantrums whenever they are bothered by responsibility. In fact, many of these responses are legitimately beyond the victim's control, and that very lack of control adds to the strain of the experience.
Your spouse may experience great difficulty communicating what he or she truly needs or feels about an experience. In some cases, a victim may experience other personality changes, all lasting up to a year.
Get the help you need
Living with a mild TBI victim can strain a relationship to its breaking point. Be sure to protect your family and the ones you love by seeking out proper legal counsel to explore all your legal options after an injury that causes a mild TBI. You and your spouse may have more legal options available than you realize and may even have grounds to file a personal injury claim to recover your medical expenses and other losses while keeping your rights and priorities protected.