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Question: Living With a Disability
When Shelly saw Ms. Jones in a wheelchair, she felt sorry for her. She said a little prayer of thanks that she could walk and move freely without any hindrance. However, feeling badly for a person and actually sitting in the wheelchair for another vantage point is very different.
Imagine that you suffered an accident six months ago. The accident left you partially paralyzed from the waist down. You are currently seeking counseling from a professional specializing in working with individuals who have disabilities. It has been a difficult six months. Your central concerns relate to the emotional and physical adjustments you must now make in relation to your family, job, and future plans. You are permanently in a wheelchair and have limited use of your legs but full use of your arms and upper body.
Identify three major issues that you think you would need to work through in therapy. Explain what aspect of each issue is problematic for you.
Explain how your views on intimacy, usefulness, and security will change for you to make the necessary adjustments for living with the disability.
How well do you think you would cope with this situation if you faced something similar in real life?
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Identified at least three emotional, relational, or physical issues that could be indicative of a newly paralyzed person.
Analyzed how your views on the issues of intimacy, usefulness, and security would be affected during the adjustment period to being disabled.
Assessed the ability to cope with this type of disability if it were to happen to you.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
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The three major issues that I will need to work through in therapy will be sorrow, trauma and negative attitude towards life. It is notable that if I will suffer any such accident that will make me paralyzed, I will become socially withdrawn and isolated because the inability to move and do my work on my own will impact my life considerably.
I will find it hard to maintain confidence levels and will develop a fear of facing new situations and meeting with new people.
The accident will leave me in complete trauma or immense emotional pain because it will change my life completely. Moreover, I will generate a negative attitude towards life as I will not be able to do a lot of work on my own, which I used to do previously, and that state will hinder me to view life positively (Henderson & Bryan, 2011).