Catastrophic injuries, like amputation, are life-altering. They change how you function, carry out daily activities and work. Amputation’s side effects do not end physical limitations, however. Amputation can also include psychological consequences.
According to the National Library of Medicine, amputation can result in depression, anxiety and isolation.
All amputations result in shock
While the severity of a person’s emotional reaction to amputation depends on various factors, including patient age, health and culture around medicine, most people experience emotional shock after an amputation. The shock can occur in patients with medical reasons and warnings of amputation and patients who lost a limb in a sudden accident.
After the operation, you may feel trapped in your body. Patients experience deep despair as they recognize the changes they must undergo because of the amputation. You may feel as though you have no control over your life or that you must be dependent.
Anger and anxiety accompany catastrophic injuries
It is normal to feel frustrated following an amputation. After all, the amputation can disrupt your sense of self, body image and ability to function daily. There is physical trauma from the accident and the operation. You may react with anger or frustration that the accident occurred.
Additionally, you may find yourself more fearful. You might isolate yourself from friends and family, forcing yourself to handle the mental consequences.
Finding a support system may help you cope with the mental health effects of amputation. Most patients will experience mourning after losing a limb. Some psychological symptoms can limit a person’s ability to live a full life.