Depression after an accident

While Emotrance and its friends are not designed for physical complaints, most illnesses have associated mental/emotional issues that can be favorably addressed by using these methods. In the process, they can make a significant difference to quality of life of the patient.

Dr X, met with a bad road accident and had fractured the bones in her legs at a couple of places. It required a couple of surgeries and support by rods. We met about an year and half after the accident and there was possibility of yet another surgery if things did not improve.

As she was a very active and popular doctor, she was depressed by the fact that she had to be bedridden for such a long period, feeling hopeless about her situation and scared of doing the prescribed exercises for her leg. 

We used Emotrance and worked on her fear of not recovering, fear of exercising, fear of the pain in legs after exercise etc. over five sessions spread across three days.

This had a significant impact on her emotional state. Her anxiety and fears about her prognosis decreased significantly. She started exercising, walking more without fear and became more of her usual self. She even started to use her 'free time' more productively by starting on a long pending book that she wanted to write etc. 

She also started using Emotrance for any issues that came up over the next 3 months and I worked with her occasionally as well. 

She progressively got better but she still needed a minor corrective surgery. But she handled it very well unlike the earlier times. She got back part time into her hospital practice with the rods and cast! 

Last time we talked, she was back to normal and acknowledged happily that those few days of Emotrance were a turning point for her and made all the difference in her path to recovery.

Comments

Very often, when someone in our family is bedridden, we are so preoccupied with tests and reports and prognosis that we do not pay attention to their subjective state.

It could be hopelessness about their prospects of getting well, fear of some medical procedure, anxiety about the family, crankiness and depression at being confined to a restrictive lifestyle etc.

Very often family members are very anxious about the patient as well and it forms a unhealthy feedback cycle. 

All of this does put a significant strain in everyday life of the patient and his/her family. In addition, persistent fear and anxiety have a detrimental effect on the immune system and the body functioning.

While most people who have lived with a sick parent or a family member understand this very well, very few know how to deal with it, beyond being stoic, or resorting to giving advice like "Be optimistic", "Don't worry, you will get better", "You should be more positive" etc.

Methods like Emotrance and Positive EFT can provide significant value in this area and significantly alter the everyday experience of sick people and their families.

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