Posted by: | 2020/06/02


Injury caused my depression

i fractured my ankle 5 weeks ago and went into a dark side of my life got very emotional

Expert's Reply


Depression expert
- 2020/06/09

I can understand that this sort of thing may happen. You don't mention how you came to break the ankle ( which can also be relevant ) but even if a pure accident,  when something unpleasant and painful happens to us, causing problems ( with getting around etc ) it's not unusual to feel miserable and vulnerable. Sometimes medicines used to treat the pain can add to the situation. 
And just as the way that Lock-Down by causing us to spend a lot of time alone can help to make us feel miserable, to it can be troubling for us to suddenly need to spend more time sitting around with too much time to think about our pain and misfortune, and we tend to think back on previous unhappy times in our lives, rather than the best of times.
It would help to discuss the deeper and gloomier issues that have come back to mind with a counsellor, if this is practical for you. Its complicated by lock-down, but being able to chat to friends and family can help, even if by phone, or on Skype.  Also, it is distinctly useful to keep yourself occupied, with chores you can do at home while sitting down, reading, DVDs, whatever you can enjoy doing, rather than sitting concentrating too entirely on bad aspects of the past.
Do recognize that many of us have experienced various bad and horrible events in out past, and need to make a choice about what we will do about this.  Whatever happened, however bad, happened : we cannot change that fact.  But what we can and need to change, is how we choose to remember it, and our attitude towards it. All that can harm us now, and make us miserable, is if we choose to dwell in that bad past, and insist on re-living it, rather than moving on, learning whatever useful lessons we can learn that will help us to avoid such things happening again, and finding new and more satisfying things to do now and in the future.

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