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  • Approach and Means of Support for Mental Disorders Caused by the Traumatic Amputation of a Limb
  • DOI: 10.4236/jss.2015.36005   PP.21 - 24, Pub. Date: May 21 , 2015
  • Author(s)
  • Bogdan Alexandru Ciubară, Ovidiu Alexa, Lucian Ștefan Burlea, Ilinca Untu, Anamaria Ciubară
  • Amputation, one of the oldest types of surgery performed for therapeutic purposes, has main indication, the severe trauma to a limb that is incompatible to preserve because of the irreversible ischemia. The loss of a limb due to trauma has also a devastating emotional impact on a patient, escalating to genuine mental disorders that stretch out further than the loss of the limb itself produces. Thus, there is a certain sequential order regarding risk for developing mental disorders, starting from the immediate reaction, the acute stress disorder, and ending with the post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety that is mostly related to one’s perceived image, which further aggravates their disability. The present paper aims to realize a synthesis of the emotional elements that can intensify up to mental disorders; by understanding the impact of squeal produced by the amputation, we can actually improve the multidisciplinary approach before and after surgery for the patient that suffered an amputation.

  • Amputated Limb, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety
  • References
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