Traumatic Brain Injury May Impact Sexual Function

11 May 2013


 May 11, 2013
Category: Brain Injury

3d image of brainAccording to the information provided on the Mayo Clinic website, a traumatic brain injury is most often the result of a strong impact or shock to the head from an “external mechanical force.”

These injuries to the head can cause a wide range of disabilities. According to the Mayo Clinic information, mild brain injury symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue and difficulty sleeping
  • Confusion
  • Combative behavior
  • Slurred speech
  • Numbness in fingers and toes
  • Seizures

A brain injury victim may experience any combination of the above symptoms. In addition, the victim of a traumatic brain injury often must deal with depression.

Addressing Sexual Function After Traumatic Brain Injury

In a recent report published in NeuroRehabilitation entitled “Sexuality after traumatic brain injury: A critical review,” the research team at the Université de Montréal, in Quebec, Canada conducted a review of materials to better understand the influence of traumatic brain injury on sexuality and sexual activity.

They concluded that sexual changes, post brain injury seem to be attributed to physical and psychological variables. These variables can include medication, depression, and a change in family dynamics.

Developing an Inclusive Plan

The recommendation of the research team is to investigate sexual function issues after traumatic brain injury. Performing more in-depth studies will allow for the development of strategies for intervention that may help people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The report encouraged a discussion of sexual issues during the rehabilitation process.

Charting a New Path

When a loved one is the victim of a traumatic brain injury, things change for the entire family. It can be overwhelming to adapt to the often long term consequences of these types of injuries. It may be useful for the family to seek counsel from an experienced Tampa brain injury lawyer to assist in sorting out legal questions.

Abrahamson & Uiterwyk realizes that the brain injury victims have a great deal on their plate. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-813-324-5202 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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