The Depressed Client?

@jag003 (127)
Philippines
June 19, 2008 11:06am CST
Right now, I am taking care of a client who has cerebral palsy. It's pretty unfortunate 'coz he's a pretty good looking guy... He's confined to his wheelchair since his legs are of no use anymore, he uses a walker just so he could prove that he's pretty independent... But whenever we have a conversation no matter how much I try to start it lightly I just end up feeling sorry for him... Every word and every thought that comes out of his mouth is pretty depressing, like whenever we just try to joke around and be funny he's always gonna butt in with something like "believe me if I were normal like you guys... blah blah blah" I want to know how you're supposed to deal with this type of client? He acts as though he's ok, he's alright but every single time he talks he doesn't sound ok like what he's trying to make us perceive... I just want him to feel better about himself in some way, make him see how lucky he still is even with his condition... What could we do for him? What's the best approach for this type of client? Somebody please share their insights on situations such as this.... It would be greatly appreciated... Thank you!!! Bless you all...
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@spalladino (17924)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I think that the only thing you can do is what you've been doing, be an enjoyable person for him to have around. He might not be able to show that he appreciates your efforts but I'd be willing to bet the farm that he does. He's going through a very rough time so any little bit of sunshine that comes into it is more than he had to start with. Hang in there.
@jag003 (127)
• Philippines
20 Jun 08
Thank you so much, it makes me feel better thinking that I am able to bring something positive into someone else's everyday...
• United States
23 Nov 08
I am a 47 year old married man, with three grown kids, ages 23, 21, and 20. I also have cerebral palsy. I walk with crutches, or have an electric scooter for bad days. There was a time that I never thought I would have that kind of life. Your client needs to realize that no matter how bad he thinks his situation is, there are always many people far worse off than he is. A sure way to start feeling better is for him to focus on someone else! He needs to find a cause to support, or a hobby to focus on. From a christian standpoint, remember that God knew him before he was born. He was perfectly and wonderfully made. Encourage him to talk to his pastor, or a trusted friend. As was stated earlier, you are on the right road, by being encouraging and supportive.
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
22 Apr 09
I don't have much experience in dealing with such people. But I would treat him normally. I would joke and treat him as if he did not have special needs. Are you at the beginning of your career in dealing with people with special needS? I would try to seek my colleagues advice and see how I can tackle and deal with this client.