How we cope with the emotional impact of Cerebral Palsy, is the difference between us struggling; or us adjusting to life with the condition.
Ageing with the condition gives us greater understanding of the condition, as well as giving us a more refined awareness of our situation. It’s of no surprise of course to hear that adults with a disability are three to four times more likely to suffer from depression, than those without a disability, like Cerebral Palsy.
It’s an all-embracing condition that is capable of bringing us to our feet, with inescapable feelings that include hopelessness, sadness and despair. Unfortunately, physical impairment is part of the Cerebral Palsy condition and becomes part of our every day lives.
Couple that with chronic pain and it’s easy to see why depression and anxiety is linked to those of us who deal with Cerebral Palsy. It is important that any psychological issues to do with ageing around a disability and pain management are treated by medical professionals.