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Why is it important to keep being social when I have a disability?

Why is it important to keep being social when I have a disability?

We are human: Human beings are social beings. We are healthier when we have regular contact with others. Many studies support the fact that in general the more social we are the healthier and happier we tend to be. Living with a disability can be very challenging and can sometimes be isolating. It is important to maintain social connections to stay healthy and avoid depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Why is sleep and rest important for someone with a disability?

Why is sleep and rest important for someone with a disability?

Performance: There is a basic truth that you can never out perform your abilities but may underperform for a variety of reasons. The 4 prime considerations are: state of health; state of hunger; comfort of setting:& state of rest. The unrested individual is less likely to perform up to their ability level because vigilance to task will be off.Maintain the listed areas and effort produces better results. ...Read more

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Can I stay physically active if I have a disability?

Can I stay physically active if I have a disability?

Disability: Absolutely -yes. It also depends on the disability and the limitations it imposes on you. ...Read more

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How can I schedule rest into my schedule when I have a disability?

How can I schedule rest into my schedule when I have a disability?

The Best Rest: Choose a time you find the most convenient in your schedule and find the activity or non-activity that makes you feel relaxed and rested. Activities like reading, listening to classical music, and drawing are portable, easy to do and have limitless variety. Depending upon your disability you may have to choose a time also convenient to your caregiver so try including them in the activity. ...Read more

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What can I do with my friends when I have a disability that will not get me too tired?

What can I do with my friends when I have a disability that will not get me too tired?

Be Present...: Without knowing the nature of your "disability"...Simply being with friends/family can be relaxing and restorative. Try to avoid extremely physical activities if you easliy tire; go to a movie, or share a meal, or listen to music...Things of that nature. ...Read more

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What should I expect my conversation to be about with my physician when I have a disability?

What should I expect my conversation to be about with my physician when I have a disability?

See below: Hopefully, if your doctor is familiar with your disability, he or she will discuss ways that the disability affects your day to day life and be able to come up with suggestions on way to minimize the impact as much as possible. They may also talk about prevention of complications due to a disability as well as psychological issues related to a disability. They can help you with resources and educa. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a disability, how do I get my girlfriend to stop feeling sorry for me?

What to do if I have a disability, how do I get my girlfriend to stop feeling sorry for me?

Love her: Congratulations on your courage despite your handicap. Some women may feel a need to nurture, but I'm glad this bothers you and that you want respect for who you are and what you've achieved and can do as an adult and lover rather than pity. Show her what a wonderfully effective partner you are, and you'll not only solve this but gain the respect of everyone around you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a disability and can't get pregnant - what angers me most is my lack of choice. how do others feel?

What to do if I have a disability and can't get pregnant - what angers me most is my lack of choice. how do others feel?

Adoption is a choice: If you want a child for the appropriate reasons, then adoption IS as choice for that purpose. It is understandable to be disappointed in infertility, however, don't let depression over that fact alone determine your total view on life itself. Get psychological counseling if you cannot move forward. ...Read more