Every year, more than 2.4 million people experience some level of traumatic brain injury. Falls and motor vehicle accidents are the most common causes, along with items striking the head and assaults. Though most of the 2.4 million incidents are relatively minor, many of them result in extensive pain injuries that impact the victim’s brain for the remainder of his life. People who live with TBIs experience a variety of symptoms, including:
***Depression and anxiety
***Loss of Control over body movements
***Inability to concentrate
***Loss of cognitive thinking skills
A recent report by ABC News is suggesting another side effect of these injuries. The article discusses the experiences of two women who each experienced brain injuries. One, a resident of Canada, was in an automobile accident in 2008. The other, a resident of England, traces her injury back to 2005, when she experienced bleeding in her brain. Both women report that their sexual personalities were altered dramatically after their TBIs. They assert that their longing for sexual intercourse became unreasonably constant and insatiable.
As stated in the report, neither woman was able to control her sexual behaviors, which led to risky behaviors. Even though one woman was happily married before her injury, afterward she was constantly offering sexual favors to strangers, even in front of her husband and child. The other woman, who was single at the time, reported feeling little reason to live when she was without a sexual partner .
It is not unusual for a TBI to affect a person’s sexual drive, but the common consequence is a dramatic decrease in desire, not an increase. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, the frontal lobe of the brain controls the functions that are in play with sexual desires and behaviors, such as self-monitoring, inhibition, judgment, emotions and personality. Injury to this area of the brain can cause these functions to work improperly by either diminishing a healthy sexual desire or increasing it to unhealthy levels, called disinhibition.
The Brain Injury Society defines disinhibition as follows:
***Loss of inhibition, as through the influence of external stimuli such as drugs or alcohol, or as a result of brain damage
***Unrestrained behavior resulting from a lessening or loss of inhibitions or a disregard of cultural constraints.
The effects of sexual disinhibition after brain injury can prove devastating for the injured party, as well as their support network. It can break up marriages and tear apart entire families. When someone else is at fault for a brain injury, these are collateral damages that should be considered when compensation is sought. To ensure that all aspects of your brain injury are valued, secure the services of an attorney with vast TBI experience.
If you or a loved is suffering with a severe brain injury, contact the experienced attorneys of Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation. These knowledgeable attorneys will aggressively work to secure the compensation to which you are entitled.
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