If you are suffering with anxiety or depression after limb loss and feel helpless, hopeless and worthless, call your counselor or VA doctor. Anytime you have major trauma to the body such as an amputation, there will be emotional after effects. Dealing with the loss of a limb is very difficult for many veterans. Along with feelings of sadness, you may have increased anxiety with symptoms of tension, worry, apprehension, restlessness, or loss of appetite. You may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. These are all symptoms that need a doctor’s attention. Your VA doctor can help you understand your feelings of anxiety and depression and provide excellent treatment with medications and/or psychotherapy.
- Q How do I manage daily living after having an amputation?
- Q What lies ahead after having a limb amputated during combat?
- Q Can talking with a therapist help me cope with the trauma of losing a limb?
- Q Why does my remaining limb have to be wrapped?
- Q Why is daily exercise important to prevent problems with limb loss?
- Q How can I cope with the excess moisture and rash on my remaining limb?