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What are the common psychological responses to visual impairment?

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Common reactions to visual impairment include: depression, denial, anger, anxiety, and fear. Fear is said to be the most limiting psychological response. Individuals who have visual impairment may also experience the emotional stages defined by Kubler- Ross: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. An individual who experiences a sudden or traumatic onset of visual loss may experience more profound psychological disturbance than the individual who experiences gradual loss of vision

 

Winkler and Weed. (2004). “Life Care Planning for the Visually Impaired.” In R. Weed Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook 2nd edition, (p. 574). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Winkler and Weed. (2009). “Life Care Planning for the Visually Impaired.” In R. Weed Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook 3rd edition, (p. 704). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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