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You can successfully cope with the emotional challenges after a spinal cord injury. Explore tactics and advice from other people in similar situations.
It is normal to experience a variety of emotions following a spinal cord injury. Your adjustment will undoubtedly take time and patience. How quickly you adapt to the changes in your body will vary, and your friends and family members may also adjust at different rates.
Many people experience a period of mourning much like the death of a loved one. Others have difficulty believing that the injury is permanent, and treat the recovery period as a temporary inconvenience. You may also experience depression and anger. The way you respond to your injury will be unique to you. Your emotional adjustment may take several months.
Coping tactics that can help
After your spinal cord injury, you may feel physically and emotionally exhausted. It’s also overwhelming. It may be hard to remember a lot of information thrown at you. Learning new skills, like using a catheter, isn’t easy either and can take time.
Here are some ways to help yourself through this potential rough patch:
If you are having trouble adjusting, you should talk to your healthcare professional. Professional psychotherapy can provide the help you need to get back to an active, fulfilling lifestyle.
More spinal cord injury coping advice
It always helps to get advice from people who have had similar experiences. Here are a few coping tips from others who have successfully adapted to their new life:
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