It is common for people with brain injuries to have a change
in sexual behavior or sexual activity.
There are two common types of changes: hyposexuality
Your loved one may lose interest in sex, feel depressed or have
emotional lability (crying or getting upset more easily or at the
wrong times). This may be the result of sexual dysfunction or
physical changes caused by the brain injury.
The most common types of sexual dysfunction are:
Fear about physical changes may keep your loved one from
being intimate. He or she may feel anxious about:
It is important for you to know how to deal with hyposexuality.
Your loved one may have increased sexual thoughts, feelings
Hypersexuality may cause inappropriate sexual behavior such as:
It is important for you to know how to deal with inappropriate
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