Often one of the biggest barriers to recovery is often a lack of communication.
Luckily, I had my wife (and dogs) to talk to.
Had I not been so lucky, I would’ve hoped that the NHS would’ve provided someone to talk to but it’s not always that easy. Having someone to talk to and being able to talk to someone can be two very different things. All too often, health care professionals can accidentally marginalise their patients simply through not approaching conversations in the right manner.
All people are different.
It may sound glib, but people react to newfound disabilities in a range of different ways. There may be those who are defeated by the change that has occurred to them, who retreat into a self-imposed prison of depression. Then there can be those who take their new status in their stride.
They treat their new state as a challenge, an obstacle to overcome. Between these two reactions there is a whole spectrum of responses – as with most things – it takes time to adjust to any new major change in lifestyle.
But, we can’t blame those trying to help.
There is no one way to exterminate negative thoughts in a person’s mind. Healthcare professionals try their best to apply what they’ve learned to each individual case – but they can’t get it right every time. If you feel like you need someone to talk to, with complete impartiality, then it’s best to talk to Scope on 0808 800 3333.
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