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What coping strategies work best for family members after a spinal cord injury?

What coping strategies work best for family members after a spinal cord injury?

Toby Huston, PhD

Psychologist, Craig Hospital, Colorado

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I lots of times see family members—whether they be a parent or a spouse—decide in their own mind that the role they need to play is one of a cheerleader, and they need to be the rock for that person and they don’t need to let the person see the... Show More

I lots of times see family members—whether they be a parent or a spouse—decide in their own mind that the role they need to play is one of a cheerleader, and they need to be the rock for that person and they don’t need to let the person see them cry or scared. I think sometimes that drives a wedge between the person who’s doing the supporting and the person who has got the injury. I think we’re better off when we’re open and upfront about our emotions with that other person because there’s a lot of overlap. The person is scared and I think if you can acknowledge as their loved one there are moments when you’re really scared too, that that really connects with them in the journey.

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What coping strategies work best for family members after a spinal cord injury?

Toby Huston, PhD

Psychologist, Craig Hospital, Colorado

More Videos by Toby Huston
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I lots of times see family members—whether they be a parent or a spouse—decide in their own mind that the role they need to play is one of a cheerleader, and they need to be the rock for that person and they don’t need to let the person see them cry or scared. I think sometimes that drives a wedge between the person who’s doing the supporting and the person who has got the injury. I think we’re better off when we’re open and upfront about our emotions with that other person because there’s a lot of overlap. The person is scared and I think if you can acknowledge as their loved one there are moments when you’re really scared too, that that really connects with them in the journey.

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