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As a veteran, how can I handle the disfigurement from a burn injury?

If you suffer with disfigurement from a serious burn it can affect the way you feel about yourself. Not only is your self-esteem wrapped up in how you look and how others accept you, but also in how you feel about yourself. If you are self-conscious about your burns, it may add to feelings of anxiety and depression. Talk to a licensed therapist about your feelings of low self-esteem. Perhaps you can discuss different types of concealing makeup with your doctor that may cover burn scars that cause embarrassment.

In spite of your burns, it’s important to realize that you are the same person. Make an effort to increase your social network. Invite friends over for dinner or make plans to meet with fellow veterans at a nearby restaurant. Try to do more things for yourself instead of relying on family members to take care of you. In doing so, your feelings about yourself will improve and the negative focus will subside. Talk to your doctor about ways to deal with disfigurement caused by scars.

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