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The Emotional Effects of Amputation

Coping With Amputation

Undergoing amputation is probably one of the most devastating and indescribable events someone can experience. Not only must amputees deal with new physical challenges that they aren’t used to, but they can also find it challenging to cope with the aftermath of psychological and emotional frustrations. Learn the common emotional challenges amputees often face.

Mental Health After Amputation

Maintaining positive mental health for amputees can be difficult. In many cases, someone who has undergone amputation may experience the following mental health challenges:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD results from witnessing or being involved in a devastating or terrifying event. When an accident leads to amputation, it can trigger PTSD. Someone with PTSD may have:

  • Flashbacks of the incident
  • Nightmares about the incident
  • Uncontrollable thoughts relating to the traumatic event
  • Distressing memories of the traumatic event


Anxiety is the body’s response to stress. While everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, amputees may be more susceptible to anxiety disorder after a tragic event such as amputation. Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble falling asleep


Amputees often have problems adjusting to their new life after going through a traumatic event. Often they struggle with low self-esteem, social isolation, and body image concerns — all of which can trigger depression. Some common symptoms of depression are:

  • Feelings of sadness.
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed (this may be especially difficult for someone who enjoyed a physical activity they can no longer participate in).
  • Sleeping too much or trouble falling asleep.
  • Feelings of worthlessness.
  • Thoughts of suicide.

If you are feeling thoughts of suicide after undergoing an amputation, speak to your doctor and get help immediately.

Sustained a Catastrophic Injury? We are Here For You.

Catastrophic injuries such as amputation is a life-altering event. Not only can it be physically and emotionally distressing, but the treatments and therapies can also put financial strains on you and your family.

If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury due to the careless actions of another party, you may be eligible to receive compensation.Bandas Law Firm, P.C. is here to help you seek justice and recover the compensation you deserve.

When insurance companies want to push back and offer low settlements, our experienced personal injury lawyers are here to defend your right to receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. We’ll work tirelessly to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.

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