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Spinal cord injuries and your emotional health

Whether you have no memory of the accident that injured your spinal cord or you remember every excruciating moment, there is no doubt that your hours and days are now filled with the consequences of that incident. The life you knew is gone, and your family is now responsible for your care.

Undoubtedly, you are learning to deal with the pain and discomfort of your physical injuries, but the emotional and psychological toll of your situation may feel overwhelming. While the focus of your recovery is on your physical needs, your psychological needs are also vital to your ability to move forward.

Your suffering is more than physical pain

There is no question that your limitations are frustrating. Feelings of helplessness may surge into rage, and you may want to lash out. On the other hand, you may be the kind of person who keeps those emotions bottled up, and this can be dangerous to your mental and physical well-being. Some of the factors that may be most overwhelming to you may include the following:

  • You have lost your independence.
  • Your spouse and other family members are now your primary caregivers.
  • You feel depressed and overwhelmed by despair.
  • You may feel unable to contribute to your family as you used to before your injury.
  • You sense your loved ones behave differently around you.

As you progress, you may be able to regain some of your familiar ways of life. You will also find new ways to contribute to your family dynamic and the lives of your loved ones. A strong support system will be important, and this support can come from many sources within and beyond your home.

Help for the long recovery

As you work toward recovery, it is possible that you are giving all your concentration to doing tasks that used to be second nature. Perhaps you need to relearn simple routines, or you must learn to allow others to do those things for you. Whatever your circumstances, you certainly don't have the time to think about how you are going to claim the recompense you deserve from the person responsible for your spinal cord injury.

By obtaining the counsel of an attorney, you will have an advocate who will fight for your rights to compensation, whether from the party responsible or the insurance company. Allowing your attorney to assist you increases the possibility that you will have the funds you need to secure the medical, rehabilitative and psychological help you need.

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