Cerebral Palsy and mental health

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects mental health. A disorder that affects your mood, thinking and potential behaviour is never a good thing. Even if cerebral palsy is mild, we still have our mental health to think about. Our mental and physical health are continually deeply interconnected.

Although cerebral palsy can and does increase our risk of developing depression and anxiety, untreated anxiety and depression contributes to poor physical health. It is easy for others to overlook the importance of mental health around the condition and assume that our experiences are caused by cerebral palsy, when that isn’t the case.

It is not cerebral palsy that causes depression or anxiety. It is mental health issues associated with the condition that causes anxiety and depression.

People with disabilities or chronic health conditions like cerebral palsy are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop depression and anxiety. Anxiety and depression is not necessarily related to the severity of a person’s disability, but is tied to managing the pain, fatigue, a disability around family and support and social skills.

Assessing a person’s mental health should be a key component of health screenings and practitioners recognising the signs of mental health issues in patients is key to us improving mental health in society, and our communities.


8 Jan, 2020

2 thoughts on “Cerebral Palsy and mental health

  1. You’re right that assessing a person’s mental health should be A key component in health screenings, health coverage.

    Unfortunately, some medical professionals are preoccupied with the size of their wallets than thoughtful and thorough healthcare. I saw this with my own eyes when my mother was sick.

    The numbers reflect the truth, we all need assistance when it comes to mental health.

    1. Thanks Tim. You’re also right. Working in the medical profession has become too much of a business, less of a caring profession. Perhaps the system is partly responsible for that.

      In the UK the National Health Service although free to us, it doesn’t pay Consultants well, so they invariably have to subsidise themselves with private work.

      But the service they provide must reflect how much they charge. Mental health is massively important, even more so when you’re dealing with illness.

      I’m sorry to hear about your experiences with your mum.

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