Excerpt from: Medical News Today (click for full article)
Each year more than three million Americans are living with traumatic brain injury
(TBI), a condition that is associated with physical, cognitive, and
emotional problems that often affect their sexuality, and subsequently
their marital stability, identity, and self-esteem. Taking an in-depth
look at the impact of TBI on sexuality, an investigative team critically
reviews fourteen studies representing a collective study sample of
nearly 1,500 patients, partners, spouses, control individuals, and
rehabilitation professionals to examine brain injury and sexuality. It
is published in NeuroRehabilitation: An International Journal.
"Sexuality in patients with chronic disease or physical handicaps warrants attention and consideration so that effective intervention plans can be formulated. A healthy sex life may decrease muscular and emotional tension, increase pain threshold, reduce physical stress, improve sleep, and diminish emotional stress within relationships," says Jhon Alexander Moreno, doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada. He has made this important issue the central topic of his research work, which is conducted under the international direction of Professors Michelle McKerral at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation in Montréal, and Juan Carlos Arango Lasprilla from the University of Deusto, Spain, in collaboration with Caron Gan from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, Canada. "A lack of information and education on sexuality and disability is a major contributing factor towards the stigma attached to them."