Perhaps you’re researching military divorce, because you simply cannot relate to your husband, after he returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq. Or maybe you’re on the verge of separation, but you’d like to understand why your husband or wife in the military underwent such a sudden “change of personality” after being deployed.
Some powerful, disturbing research in the field of neuroscience has emerged that suggests that concussions and other war injuries can radically alter veterans’ personalities. The most recent U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan led to an unprecedented number of diagnoses of concussions and neurological problems. These head injuries seem to be able to cause problems that can impede relationships, such as:
- Difficulty maintaining attention;
- Trouble listening and being empathetic;
- Inability to self manage;
- Inability to control emotions (like anger, fear, anxiety, etc);
- Ongoing medical and psychological needs.
Why are there so many concussions from these campaigns? Researchers have a few theories:
- Better diagnostic techniques have led to more “positive” diagnoses for head injuries in these recent wars;
- The nature of fighting is different. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military personnel endured roadside explosions, terrorist bombings and other concussion-inducing events;
- Advances in military medicine have allowed doctors to save military officers who, in past wars, would have died in battle. Unfortunately, many survivors returned home with crippling injuries.
It’s not your fault that your husband or wife got seriously hurt. It’s also not your obligation to live the rest of your life with someone who cannot meet your needs and who has become abusive or neglectful because of war injuries. The team here at the Toussaint Law Firm, PC can provide a compassionate, thorough consultation regarding your potential military divorce.