Coping With Your Feelings

It is normal to feel depressed and scared when you’re out of work due to an injury or illness. Working gave your day structure and purpose. You got to socialize with friends and acquaintances. You felt useful and productive. And there was the regular paycheck.

Now, you may be worried about paying the bills. You may not be able to return to the same job because of your restrictions. Or you may not have a job to return to. You might have a high level of pain that you are going to have to learn to live with.

With your disability, life has changed. The changes may be temporary or more permanent. There are times when you may not be able to see “the light at the end of the tunnel.” You may feel more depressed, sad or confused. How you choose to cope with your disability will make the difference.

Tips for getting through

  • Remember that whatever you’re feeling is a common reaction to a disability. Don’t be afraid to seek professional counseling. It can help you through this challenging time.
  • Check if your disability insurance offers Vocational Rehabilitation services. You may be able to get counseling and financial help, if you are unable to pay for this yourself.
  • All states have a federally funded Vocational Rehabilitation agency. It can help you deal with your disability and your return to work.
  • The Social Security Administration offers income assistance, medical coverage, and many other services to people who qualify.
  • Think about setting a time frame for going back to work. You may still be recovering, but it’s not too early to set some goals.

You are not in this alone. There are many resources available to help you to adjust and become productive again.

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