Rima Dambauskienė, Judita Daratienė, Loreta Gavelienė


Spinal cord injury (SCI) often leads to disability, severe stress and long-term adaptation process, that affect psychological wellbeing. The objective of this study was to assess emotional status and possible demands in mental health services of SCI patients after primary rehabilitation. The study was done in Palanga Rehabilitation Hospital. Respondents were 20 SCI patients (16 men and 4 women), attending follow-up rehabilitation. Patients were assessed according to Hospitalal Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD’s), and given questions about their experience in getting help with emotional issues. Depression mean score was 4.9, SD±3.13, anxiety – 5.05, SD±2.52. 11 patients’ scores were lower than 8 points, 9 (45%) individuals reported mild symptoms of increased anxiety and depression (range of 8-10 point). Filling the questionnaire, 11 (55%) individuals agreed, that they have experienced extreme emotional difficulties after SCI, and 14 (70%) of 20 respondents referred to some professionals for help. Patients mostly consulted with their general practitioners (9), also with neurologists (3) and psychologists (3). Medications for improving mood or sleep were prescribed for 7 (35%) individuals. All respondents noted, that they seek for emotional support in their family and friend. 60% indicated, that they would involve in self-help group, but nobody had such experience.

Keyword(s): spinal cord injury; emotional status.
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2017.013
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