Coping with Depression after a traumatic life changing event.

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There is no email sent to you telling you that you will be in a car accident and have a Spinal Cord Injury. You aren’t sent a text message for the time and day you will have a stroke. In a split second without notice, your body could be a foreign tool which moves and feels different from the way you have previously known.
 
Following a traumatic event in your life where your physical and emotional being has been stripped from you, you could find yourself stunned, angry, frightened and unsure of how to deal with the fact that your body has been compromised.
It is normal to be sad and angry for a few weeks following a major life changing trauma however if left untreated the symptoms of depression could get worse.
 
Symptoms of depression include:
-Irritability
-Feeling worthless
-Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
-Difficulty sleeping
-Excessive sleeping
-Feeling fatigued, weak, or energy loss
-Feeling anxious or “empty”
-Feeling sad, down or unusual pessimism
-Feeling guilty, worthless and/or helpless
-Loss of interest in normal daily activities, hobbies once pleasurable, or sex
-Restlessness
-Thoughts of death, suicide, suicidal behavior, or suicide attempts
-Unexplained crying episodes
-Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain, digestive problems or headaches
-Unintentional weight gain or loss caused (overeating or appetite loss)
 
If you feel as though you or a loved one has some or majority of these symptoms, it is important that you talk to someone about your feelings and thoughts. Depression is like a disease and there are ways to treat the unhappiness.
 
 Here are a few ways to help yourself if you are feeling the negative thoughts.
Tips for dealing with Depression
 
1.     Get dressed every day.
2.     Practice stress management and relaxation techniques.
3.     Get out and walk or wheel outside daily.
4.     Follow your prescribed exercise regimen.
5.     Resume hobbies and social activities you enjoy.
6.     Share your feelings with your spouse, friend or loved ones.
7.     Get a good night’s sleep.
8.     Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals and follow a prescribed dietary guideline.
9.     Ask your health care provider about support groups that may help you cope. Support groups are available for patients who have had a trauma and their families.
10.   Don’t use harmful habits to cope, such as smoking, using drugs, drinking excessively or overeating. These harmful habits increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.
 
Interacting with others is very important when dealing with a life changing experience. Aim2Walk is not only a place for therapy but also a comfortable place for clients to socialize, and talk about issues they may be experiencing. Seeing others in a similar situation could help you feel “less alone”. Majority of the clients and therapists at the clinic are open to talking and helping other’s when they need someone to console in.
 
ImageAim2Walk has also recently teamed up with O.K.Dugan and his team of psychiatrists to help those who would like to talk to an outsider. Someone who is educated in helping you deal with the battles and challenges you face. Dugan himself has over 20 years of experience providing a wide range of psychological services and/or treatment to refugees, abused women, children, youth, families, and motor vehicle accident victims. He is skilled in pain management therapy, has worked with MVA clients, and is a certified stress and wellness consultant with the Canada Institute of Stress. (Dugan and his assistant are seen here in the photo, they both attended our Neurochangers gym open house)  
 
Dugan and his team are each certified and different from the other. This team allows a client the opportunity to find someone who will specifically work well with them and their personality.  Aim2Walk would like to officially welcome O.K.Dugan and his associates to the Aim2Walk team. We look forward to helping those who need not only physical assistance but also those who struggle with the mental and emotional battles as well.
 
Depression is a serious matter and if you feel you would benefit from talking to someone I strongly suggest you do so. If you are interested in speaking with someone from the Aim2Walk team please contact the clinic at: 1 (416)-679 – 9255 or info@aim2walk.ca.
 
Michelle Wolfe, RMT

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