More on Mental Health and Physical Disabilities

As we continue to look at the impact of physical disabilities on mental health, we turn our attention to the effects of a congenital disability vs. acquired disability. In our previous post, we examined the link between physical disability and loneliness and depression. We also discussed the relationship between the person's disability and their inability to hold a job and how that can impact identity as well as add financial strain to their already depressed and anxious state. For more information on these mental health issues that stem from a physical disability, see our previous post here.

How someone who is disabled perceives their disability is often closely tied to whether they were born disabled or if their disability is the result of an injury or illness later on in life. Researchers have studied the link between the two types of disabilities and their impact on mental health. Eight phases have been identified as a response to a physical disability that was acquired later in life.

The Eight Phases Are:

  • Shock
  • Anxiety
  • Denial
  • Depression
  • Internalized anger
  • Externalized anger
  • Acknowledgment
  • Adjustment

The more successful the adjustment is to the acquired disability the healthier these persons tend to be physically and mentally. However, if a person has difficulty accepting their physical limitations, their overall mental and physical health has been shown to suffer. There is a common myth in society that those who are disabled have a low quality of life or that they are sad. However, that is far from the truth. Many people with physical disabilities live a good quality of life and report feeling highly satisfied with their lives.

If you have recently become physically disabled and you are working your way through the eight stages of acceptance, or you have been disabled all your life and find that you are struggling with feelings of isolation or depression, Legacy Freedom can help. Thousands of clients have learned to overcome their grief, anxiety, anger, depression, and denial through our holistic approach to mental health care. At Legacy we don't just treat your mental health condition, we focus on helping the whole person heal, mind, body and spirit.

By combining traditional talk therapy with alternative treatment methods, we offer our clients a therapeutic environment that is different from many you may have experienced before. We believe in getting to the root of your negative thoughts and feelings and helping you learn to cope with them positively and productively. Our clients enjoy outpatient treatment and group therapy sessions where spouses, loved ones, and friends can learn about their diagnosis and become a supporter and an advocate for their therapeutic journey.

Don't struggle with your mental health on your own. Call or click to connect with our care team and get started with the compassionate and confidential mental health care you need and deserve today!

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