Coping with Amputation: Is it Grief or Depression?
Dr. Alan Wolfelt in Death and Grief: A Guide for Clergy shares the following information to help you decide if you are experiencing normal grief or clinical depression.
- You are able to respond to comfort and support
- You are often openly angry
- You can relate your depressed feelings to your experience of loss
- You can still experience moments of enjoyment in life
- You may have physical complaints that come and go
- You might express guilt over some aspect of the amputation
- These feelings sometimes affect your self-esteem
- You cannot accept comfort or support
- You are irritable and may complain but do not directly express anger
- You do not relate experiences to a particular life event
- You have a sense of doom that overshadows your days
- You have physical complaints most or all of the time
- You feel guilty about most things much of the time
- Your self-esteem is low most of the time
If you think you are depressed, see your physician or a mental health professional immediately.
To find a mental health professional in your area, contact the following:
National Mental Health Association
TTY Line: 800/433-5959
National Institute of Mental Health
TTY Line: 301/443-8431
Disclaimer: The following information is provided and owned by the Amputation Coalition of America and was previously published on the website http://www.amputee-coalition.org or the Coalitions Newsletter, inMotion.