After suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you will likely undergo many changes in your life. They can range from alterations in your responsibilities and tasks at home, to losing your place as the house’s primary financial support.

Unfortunately, many of the difficulties you face can put strange on your marital relationship. But will it lead to a potential divorce?

Unequal distribution of responsibilities

Headway discusses how relationships may potentially suffer and change in the aftermath of an incident that left you with a head injury. As mentioned, your life will see many changes in the weeks, months and even years following a TBI.

First, your relationship may end up strained due to the fact that your significant other will need to take on your share of responsibilities as you focus on recovering. Needless to say, you cannot manage a household, raise your children or work while trying to re-learn some of the basic skills that your TBI may have robbed you of.

This leads to your spouse taking on your share of work, too, which can leave them feeling overburdened and underappreciated at times. They may not feel like they have any way to vent either, because you are suffering from such a traumatic injury and difficult recovery period.

Estrangement from your spouse

Your spouse may also feel estranged from you due to personality and behavioral changes brought on by the TBI, too. Of no fault of your own, you may experience trouble curtailing impulses and handling stressful situations well. You may feel more prone to irritation and could even lash out at loved ones. This can lead to alienation and your spouse feeling married to a stranger.

Divorce is a possibility you cannot ignore, but it often only happens if you let issues fester without addressing them. The first step to salvaging your marriage is getting help when you need it.