Severe injuries may set your life course off the track you intended. When you reach maximum medical improvement, you may feel angry, frustrated and defeated by the lack of progress. Living with a catastrophic injury is possible, but you may need guidance.
There are some things you can do to help ease the psychological blow of now dealing with a catastrophic and often life-altering injury.
Have you set realistic goals?
You and your medical team may have set goals at the beginning of treatment. However, as you reach the apex of your recovery, it becomes necessary to step back and reassess your situation. Continue to set benchmarks that you feel confident you can achieve.
Do you have a support system in place?
A significant factor in your recovery is the type of support system you have to lean on. You may want to consider adding a therapist or mental health counselor to the list of people you can call or express your difficulties with. If your injury has you dealing with pain, you may want to consider alternative forms of pain management.
Are you celebrating your life?
The last thing you may feel like doing is celebrating your achievements. However, it is crucial to your overall mental and physical health to maintain gratitude and celebration for what you have accomplished. While you may feel like you have a long way to go, you have already made your way through the worst. Take time to appreciate yourself for all you have done.
Seeking and accepting help along your journey may significantly boost your overall outcome. Even if you reach maximum improvement with impairment, you can always strive for a better mental and emotional state.