The effects of Cerebral Palsy

Dealing with cerebral palsy means we get to deal with other problems too. We don’t just wake up one morning with a disability and we automatically know how to cope.

Depression and anxiety are both common effects of cerebral palsy, for those coping with the condition. These conditions are not necessarily unique to cerebral palsy sufferers, people with other conditions can also suffer the same effects.

People with a disability are three or four times more likely to suffer from depression than their counter parts. A lack of emotional support, being unable to cope with the enormity of what we have to deal with, can bring about issues relating to low self-worth, resulting in depression.

People living under the microscope of cerebral palsy also have to deal with pain, sometimes on a daily basis and it’s the pain that can lead them to live a life under the same cloud. Children with cerebral palsy may also be prone to the effects of depression due to a lack of understanding of what they deal with.

They may also be embarrassed about how they look and walk, particularly in front of other children. There are other problems they face, such as being singled out and picked on, which may also contribute to problems with depression.

There is little information out there about ageing and cerebral palsy. I tend to worry less when I am more informed about things. We may also go on to experience the effects of fatigue and arthritis.

As a consequence, we may experience limited movement, as we begin to slow down.

11 Oct, 2010

5 thoughts on “The effects of Cerebral Palsy

  1. Great information. I think all of us that have a chronic illness, deals with these things especially depression.That can be a tough one too, especially if you don’t have the support system you need… and of course there are the doctors wanting to push the meds on you, which isn’t the answer.

    They can only do so much then the body gets used to the meds and then what? We need proper support from family and friends and other health care workers too so that we can learn to help ourselves. The same with anxiety. I know too much what this can do to you. It all comes down to that support system.

    1. Lisa you are right about support and where the support comes from, but the world we live in today means that we are pushed in so many directions, probably the reason why so many families fail to give support.

      I have been in the system myself for many years, for my CP but not for counseling. There is still little support out there and the support that is there seems to be failing with so many people needing help, they are overstretched. The waiting lists are vast!

      We can of course continue to support one another. I’m happy with that.

  2. Although I can’t relate directly to having CP, I can however relate to the rest of the article. It’s a fact of life that being different in any way will cause anxiety and depression as we are all under the looking glass when it comes to society setting standards of what is “normal” and whatever isn’t in their category is subject to ridicule and fixation. I think the only way through this is to gain self confidence, not easy but definitely necessary.

    1. Brian thanks for you response. You are completely right in what you say. I hope that one day the ridicule and fixation is replaced by disability being classed as “normal.”

  3. If I didn’t look for ways myself I would also be struggling to understand and see the basics of what I deal with. Thanks for posting.

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