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What are the most difficult psychological obstacles for patients to overcome after spinal cord injury?

What are the most difficult psychological obstacles for patients to overcome after spinal cord injury?

Michelle Meade, PhD

Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Their own expectations. I mean that the more that we’re caught up in, “A person needs to be this way,” or “This is the only way to interact,” or that “Life is over with a wheelchair; better dead than disabled.” If they can’t escape th... Show More

Their own expectations. I mean that the more that we’re caught up in, “A person needs to be this way,” or “This is the only way to interact,” or that “Life is over with a wheelchair; better dead than disabled.” If they can’t escape that, they’re not going to know what’s possible; they’re not going to question it. And, I guess that’s why seeing peers, seeing other people doing stuff is like, “Oh, I can do that too—well, what makes them so special, it’s not impossible.”

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What are the most difficult psychological obstacles for patients to overcome after spinal cord injury?

Michelle Meade, PhD

Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

More Videos by Michelle Meade
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Their own expectations. I mean that the more that we’re caught up in, “A person needs to be this way,” or “This is the only way to interact,” or that “Life is over with a wheelchair; better dead than disabled.” If they can’t escape that, they’re not going to know what’s possible; they’re not going to question it. And, I guess that’s why seeing peers, seeing other people doing stuff is like, “Oh, I can do that too—well, what makes them so special, it’s not impossible.”

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