By Jill Koval, Ph.D.
Director, Psychological Services, Shepherd Center Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Program
Emotional ups and downs are a normal part of everyday life, especially as a result of the stress associated with changes in relationships, finances, health, employment and aging.
For people living with spinal cord injury (SCI), there are two major types of stress. The first is the immediate stress that occurs when the injury first happens. The second is the long-term stress related to the many changes and challenges resulting from SCI. How one copes with this chronic stress can greatly impact successful emotional adjustment.
So how can talking to a mental health professional help?
To find a mental health professional:
JILL KOVAL, Ph.D., is the director of psychological services in the Spinal Cord Injury Inpatient Program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. She has worked at Shepherd Center since 1989. Dr. Koval has a doctorate in psyhcology from George Washington University. You may reach her at email@example.com.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org