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Why is it so stressful living with a spinal cord injury?

As you live with the spinal cord injury, you may become hyper aware of all of the negative aspects, including the limitations and daily treatments you endure. The many appointments with health care providers to try to find relief for complications, combined with the cost of these attempts, probably add to your frustration.

As time goes on, you may have difficulties with relationships because of your injury. If your income declines, you may be faced with financial stress. These stresses, along with the constant reminders of the spinal cord injury can certainly lead to depression and even severe mental health issues.

The longer the situation lasts, the more likely you will experience signs of stress, including constant tiredness, difficulty concentrating, increased irritability, withdrawal from other activities (especially enjoyable ones), changes in appetite, and depression.

With a spinal cord injury, everything about you changes. It’s important to talk openly with your VA doctor or a licensed therapist about your mood changes or feelings of chronic stress. Once you understand the many ways the spinal cord injury manifests itself, you can begin to take steps to control your reaction and seek measures to reclaim your normal life again.

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