Where can I get help for anxiety and depression after limb loss?

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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. 

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Amputation as a Physical Disability

The National Library of Medicine defines an amputee as a person who as lost a limb, an arm or a leg. While other amputations (such as breast) are done, they are considered differently. The most common reason for amputation is not ...

injury, but peripheral artery disease. Other reasons include cancer or an extremely severe infection that is not responding. Amputees may have phantom pain which is pain that seems to be in the limb that is missing. This often goes away after a period of weeks to months. Part of rehabilitation after an amputation may be fitting with an artificial or prosthetic limb and training in how to use it. Amputees are encouraged to exercise, and special prosthetics have been developed to help golf swings or enable skiing.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.