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How can amputation affect a person mentally?

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2019 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Motorcyclists in Alabama face a myriad of risks when on the road. Amputation is just one risk that can have a serious impact on a person’s psyche. Physiopedia explains some of the common psychological reactions to amputation, which can be essential to help you or a loved one cope.

Why an amputation occurs can have a significant effect on how a person responds. For instance, people who must have a limb removed as a result of chronic illness often have better reactions in general. This is because the time leading up to the amputation serves as a sort of adjustment period, and by the time the surgery occurs the person is more likely to have made peace with the loss. People who undergo amputations as a result of a traumatic incident, such as a motorcycle accident, tend to have a harder time adjusting.

In both instances, a person may cycle through one or more of the five stages of grief. These stages include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. These stages may not occur for all people. Additionally, it may take many years to reach the final stage of acceptance for those that actually do. In this case, acceptance often occurs while a person is receiving rehab.

Some people adjust poorly to their new reality, and this can be expressed in a number of ways. Some cling to their disability and swear off rehab and therapy as a result. Others will insist on taking care of themselves even when they’re in need of assistance. Amputation can also have an effect on a person’s self-esteem, to the point where self-confidence may plummet. When the adjustment is poor, counseling is recommended. 

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