Adjustment to Injury Counselling

Adjustment to ill health, injury, and/or disability is often associated with experiencing mood-related symptoms and/or anxiety regarding the future. The process of adapting to an injury or illness can lead to a variety of difficulties and a number of changes in people’s lives including:

  • Physical pain - decreased strength/flexibility; increased medication use; decreased physical activity; postural changes
  • Psychological - unhelpful beliefs, thoughts; and worry
  • Emotional - anger; teariness; hopelessness; frustration
  • Work - impaired abilities and competence; changes in work role/loss of job
  • Family - increased irritability with partner/children/family; financial difficulties
  • Social - withdrawal from friends and leisure activities

If these difficulties are untreated they can lead to a range of psychological problems including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobia
  • Chronic sleep problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship problems
  • Substance abuse

Early intervention can moderate or prevent psychological disturbance by providing effective skills to manage problems in all areas of a person’s life.

Adjustment to injury or illness counselling teaches self-management strategies for coping with these changes; increases options and alternative ways for doing things; and provides support during the rehabilitation process.

If you would like to speak to someone or organise an appointment with one of our experienced psychologists, please contact us today.

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