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How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

Heather Taylor, PhD

Psychologist/Director of Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Services, TIRR Memorial Hermann - Houston

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For the most part it’s very similar to the grieving process, so there’s a lot to be done. First there’s denial—“This didn’t happen, of course I’m going to be walking again, I’m going to get better.” The whole family goes through den... Show More

For the most part it’s very similar to the grieving process, so there’s a lot to be done. First there’s denial—“This didn’t happen, of course I’m going to be walking again, I’m going to get better.” The whole family goes through denial—“Clearly this isn’t going to happen.” And there’re a lot of steps to get to the acceptance, and within there is a lot of anger and that anger can come out in many different ways. And just being with that and understanding it and respecting it, recognizing the emotion and getting help for it is really important because you’re not alone.

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How do you help newly injured patients develop an understanding of their spinal cord injury?

Heather Taylor, PhD

Psychologist/Director of Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Services, TIRR Memorial Hermann - Houston

More Videos by Heather Taylor
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For the most part it’s very similar to the grieving process, so there’s a lot to be done. First there’s denial—“This didn’t happen, of course I’m going to be walking again, I’m going to get better.” The whole family goes through denial—“Clearly this isn’t going to happen.” And there’re a lot of steps to get to the acceptance, and within there is a lot of anger and that anger can come out in many different ways. And just being with that and understanding it and respecting it, recognizing the emotion and getting help for it is really important because you’re not alone.

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