In part three of this series, Dr Giles Yeates looks finding new ways to reclaim sexuality after a brain injury.
Dr Giles Yeates looks at the physical, cognitive and emotional impact on sexuality from brain injuries and the impact for survivors from medication and from relationship conflict.
Many aspects of a survivor’s body and mind can change in diverse ways following brain injury (e.g., mobility, sensation, memory and thinking).
After the physical recovery and return to independence has been maximised, often the complex psychological needs between a couple become more prevalent.
Dr Giles Yeates recommends the following leaflets available at Headway.org.uk for further reading: https://www.headway.org.uk/about-brain-injury/individuals/information-library/
Dr Giles Yeates looks at the brain science of love and ways to support brain injury survivors and their partners to find their way back to each other.
Love is the most celebrated aspect of our human lives in culture: through music, poetry and films. We make the biggest decisions of our lives in relation to our romantic partners. However love can be the most complicated and challenging aspect of any person’s life, and romantic relationships can become harder, taking the brunt of the impact from acquired brain injuries with significant strain on relationships and separation a common consequence. However Love is rarely talked about in rehabilitation or prioritised as a goal for treatment.
Dr Giles Yeates continues to look at different family relationships after a brain injury. In this video, he talks about the perspective of the extended periphery of the family, including an often overlooked member of the family in support sessions - siblings.
For the partners of survivors of brain injury, there can be a really profound impact on the state of mind, the mental health, the emotions, the quality of life of the non-injured partner. Part two of Dr Giles Yeates videos looking at the impact of a brain injury on family relationships.
When many people think about brain injury, they think primarily about the individual who sustained the injury. Dr Giles Yeates looks at the impact on relationships around a survivor and the significant others in their lives.
Executive functions are complex and inter-related – and include problem-solving and regulating emotions. Professor Jon Evans talks about the impact brain damage can have on them and the challenges that can bring to everyday life.