How Clients Feel When They Get a Disability Diagnosis

How Clients Feel When They Get a Disability Diagnosis

At Share Lawyers, we see first-hand the impact that a disability diagnosis can have on a person. There are many different emotions as the person experiences the ups and downs along their journey.


Examples Of What Our Past & Present Clients Have Experienced:

  1. Fear. Fear is not uncommon when a person is facing unknowns and uncertainty or feels a loss of control. The person might find themselves asking questions such as ‘What will happen to me? What should/can I do? Will I be OK? What about my family? Will I be rejected? What is my life going to look like now?’
  2. Anxiety. Along with fear, many of our clients experience feelings of anxiety and stress. They might be worried, nervous, or tense and might experience impairment in functioning if the anxiety is severely debilitating.
  3. Depression. Feelings of despair, sadness, and hopelessness can affect people who are grappling with a disability. Feelings of grief and devastation might also be experienced as the person comes to terms with the fact that they might not live the life they had envisioned for themselves prior to their diagnosis.
  4. Anger or frustration. Clients may be frustrated by their set of circumstances and feel indignant. They might find that their family and friends are providing limited support, leading to anger and frustration.
  5. Shame. Clients may feel shame around the other emotions they are experiencing or from feelings of inadequacy.
  6. Love and appreciation. Many of our clients appreciate and are grateful for the love and support they receive from their family and friends. They might also be grateful that their state of health is not worse than it is.
  7. Courage. Again and again, our clients show courage and strength in the face of difficult circumstances. They make a sincere and conscious effort to live a good life.

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Our clients have had varying combinations of these feelings and have used different strategies and approaches to attend to their feelings after receiving a disability diagnosis.

Approaches & Strategies Used By Our Clients:

  1. Communication. Talk to your family and friends, and talk to a therapist if needed. Consider joining a support group where people can offer support and helpful advice. Let your loved ones know how to best help and support you, and let them know how much you love and appreciate them.
  2. Creative Expression. Engage in a creative hobby or activity that you enjoy, whether it is writing poetry or learning a new language. Trying out a new activity can also be exciting and fun, and a way to spend quality time with friends and family.
  3. Tend to your mind and body. Ensure that you take the time to engage in exercise. Walking, swimming, yoga, meditation, and other activities can help you stay healthy and better manage stress.
  4. Volunteer. If possible, becoming a volunteer is a great way to give back to your community and to meet new people. You can learn new things and develop new skills. Volunteering can have a positive impact on your health as well.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to the emotions you are feeling. Everyone experiences their emotions differently and reacts to a diagnosis in their own way. When it comes to the different approaches you can take to address some of your emotions, do not hesitate to seek help and be safe.

What did you find helpful after receiving a diagnosis of a disability?

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