Injury may happen at work or as the result of a car accident. It suddenly makes you aware that the world is not a safe place, and you think twice about the normal routines of your everyday life. Injury leads to losses in many areas. It drains your finances, interrupts your lifestyle, and puts strains on relationships with your partner or children. You can’t do what you’re used to doing, and you can’t be the person you were. It changes things at work and creates uncertainty about your working future. You lose your role. Sometimes there is tension with your employer or workmates, and often there is resentment or hostility.
Frequent rounds of doctors, specialists, physiotherapists, and psychologists take over the focus of your life and you feel like you are not in control. You often feel that no one is listening, or believing you. Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with, and legal advice confusing. Recovery is often slow, and gains difficult to measure. There seems to be a “wait and see” cycle which leads to frustration, helplessness and despair. You often feel pressured to return to work, and that you must struggle on regardless. No one else seems to understand how it is for you, and you begin to feel angry with everyone and everything.
You want to protect your family from these feelings, so you withdraw and shut down. The pain can really get you down. You find you can’t cope with pain alone, let alone work, doctors, family, solicitors, etc. If you are experiencing problems resulting from injury yourself, or if you are concerned about a family member or friend, we can help.
We, at The Anna Centre have many years of experience in helping people cope with living with an injury. We will help you understand what’s happening to you, and will give you help with managing your pain. If you need help with family or marital counselling to minimise tension or conflict at home, we can help you and those close to you discover appropriate ways of dealing with the problems you face in your situation. we will offer you the support and encouragement you need at this difficult time.