Relationships and Intimacy

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Contents: How a brain injury can affect relationships and intimacy; Tips and advice;  Your sex life and dealing with problems; Where to get further help and information

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Contributors and Sources

Booklet Content and Concept Development Team: Lead – Ruth Lunnon, Senior Information and Support Officer, Headway Ireland; Expert advisor: Pauline Sheils, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sexuality/Disability, the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire; Ciaran Nolan, Counsellor Headway Ireland and Catherine O’Hare, Information and Support Officer, Headway Ireland.

Acknowledgement: Our sincere thanks to Pauline Sheils for sharing her invaluable expertise and experience with us. Our gratitude also to the many Headway clients and family members who shared their experiences and who made such a valuable contribution to the writing of this booklet. Thanks also to the Headway staff who facilitated them to do so.


Sources Used:

  1. Couples’ Relationships After Traumatic Brain Injury leaflet. Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, USA, web article (accessed May 2016).
  2. Getting better and better after brain injury: A guide for families, friends and caregivers (25 ideas). Jeffrey Kreutzer. The National Resource Centre for Traumatic Brain Injury, US (1999).
  3. Head Injury: The Facts. Audrey Daisley and others. Oxford University Press (2009).
  4. Living with Brain Injury– a guide for patients and families. Richard C Senelick. Healthsouth Press (2013).
  5. Sexuality after Brain Injury leaflet. Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust UK (2011).
  6. Understanding Relationship issues after ABI/Stroke. Presentation to Headway family members by Pauline Sheils, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sexuality/Disability, the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire (April, 2016).

Headway’s Information and Support Team would be happy to hear your feedback on this material. Please contact us on 1800 400 478 or email


Please note: we have done our best to provide information that is correct and up-to-date. However, we cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions. Everyone’s brain injury affects them differently. You should not consider this information as a substitute for getting advice from a doctor or other professional.

© Headway Ireland 2016. Next review due in 2018. You may download and print this booklet for personal or not-for-profit use. If you wish to reproduce any portion of this booklet, you must request permission from Headway Ireland by emailing or phoning 01 6040 800 within Ireland or 003531 6040 800 from outside Ireland.

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