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What are mental health issues that come up in children with physical disabilities

By Anonymous July 28, 2018 - 7:37am
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My daughter is almost 12 and was born with CDH. She has had 14 surgeries and several therapies. She is in counseling now as there has been a divorce. She had wanted to cut herself when the judge returned her to the abusive home we left. Custody issues now as I am trying to get her back with me. My x will try to say she has issues and they are my fault. How do I k ol what was caused from her chronic health condition and what was from her living back in that environment? She is currently seeing a counselor

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Hello, Anon. Thank you for posting.

I'm sorry you and your daughter are going through these difficulties. The cause may not be one or the other, meaning both physical and environmental factors have contributed to her mental health issues. So,  it's good she is getting help from a counselor as he or she will be able to give you more insight as her counseling sessions progress. 

Children with disabilities often have a greater chance of developing mental health problems than children without disabilities.  High rates of mental health difficulties have also been found in young people who are hearing impaired, have cerebral palsy, epilepsy or chronic illness. The level of the child’s impairment, support, and attitudes from others are key factors that influence the mental health and wellbeing of children with disabilities. 

Below is a link to a study from Lund Univerity on this subject that might be of interest.  Copy/paste the link:


I hope you will keep us updated on how your daughter is doing.


July 28, 2018 - 8:06am
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