Disability and Depression ~ Coping Strategies
The Joy Of Coping: Overcoming The Stress of Dis-ease
This course is for those struggling with the dis-ease. Lessons support and guide learner to reclaim their dignity and life after a debilitating illness has occurred. Lessons can also help caretakers, spouse, and family of a disabled or seriously ill person better understand and support their loved one.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."
Disability and Depression: Grieving the Loss of Self
By Arthur Soissons-Segal, Ph.D. ~ Therapist and Brain Tumor Survivor
Grief is a natural response to the loss of a significant other - be that a parent, a child or a pet. But with the occurrence of a serious disability or disease, the loss is of YOU.
Losing Your Identity
Perhaps you have lost your "old" identity as a parent, as a worker, as a man or a woman, as an independent person. You do not know who you are, you do not recognize yourself. In the case of multiple sclerosis, one is compelled to slow down physical activities; in the case of a malignant cancer, one faces a life to be shortened by death; in the case of a spinal cord injury, one confronts a future of dependence on family or aids.
Disability and Depression
The experience of loss is overwhelming. You face an unknown future. You are confined to a life prescribed by others. You fear for your human self, for your sexual self.
You have lost yourself and you experience depression, anxiety, and confusion.
Take comfort in the fact that these reactions are "normal" and not to experience them may indicate certain emotional problems.
Grieving the Old You
In 1969 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote the book, On Death and Dying, which she identified the stages of grief, namely:
You must go through these stages in order to move beyond them. Your challenge is to transcend these stages and to move on to a new life. Having mourned the departure of the old self, you can look forward to embracing the new self.
Find some suggestions below on how to begin this process.
Transcending Grief over the Loss of Self
There are many ways to transcend grief. Here are some suggestions that have helped others...
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Excerpted from Arthur Soissons-Segal's online coping course The Joy Of Coping: Overcoming The Stress of Dis-ease. Art is a therapist and brain tumor Survivor. Learn more about Art and his online coping course here.
Copyright © 2006 Arthur Soissons-Segal. All rights reserved.
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