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:
- 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.