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Traumatic Brain Injury Can Affect Sexual Function
One of the reasons why California brain injury lawyers find these injuries so catastrophic is because they have such far-reaching consequences. A brain injury can result in a deterioration of cognitive abilities and problems with a range of other mental functions. These injuries can also affect sexual functioning. Researchers recently reviewed an entire body of research into the effects of brain injury on sexual functioning, and have come up with a number of findings.
There are a number of ways that a traumatic brain injury can impact a person’s sexual functioning or sexual abilities after an injury. A person who has suffered a brain injury can suffer from a number of mental effects, like reduced cognitive ability that impacts psychological functioning. These people are much more likely to feel anxious, stressed, and depressed. Further, dealing with a brain injury and explaining the injury to people around you can also impact your social life. All of this contributes to symptoms of depression, anxiety and mood disorders.
People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be on a number of medications including antihypertensives, stimulants, and antidepressants. These drugs have a known reputation for suppressing the libido.
Besides, traumatic brain injury can impact the relationship between the patient and his spouse or partner. The spouse in many cases is called upon to be the caregiver, and in many cases, there is a role reversal, which can impact a person’s ability to be intimate with the spouse.
The researchers have called for deeper investigation of these issues so that better intervention strategies can be devised to help people who have suffered a brain injury. They’re also calling for more in-depth discussion of these issues during the rehabilitation of the patient.
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