The Psychological Impact of Amputation

Amputation and Mental Health

Enduring a traumatic experience, such as undergoing amputation, is devastating. Not only do amputees face physical challenges, but according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), they also go through the five stages of grief and are vulnerable to developing mental health issues. When it comes to coping with the amputation and the life-altering experiences that come along with it, amputees are forced to face these mental health issues.

Post-Amputation Mental Health Challenges

It can be difficult for someone to remain happy and positive after such a life-altering and devastating event. Here are some common psychological issues that affect amputees:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

When someone witnesses or is involved in a traumatic event (such as an accident that caused someone to undergo amputation), it can trigger PTSD. People with PTSD may experience the following symptoms:

  • Flashbacks of the accident.
  • Nightmares about the accident.
  • Unable to control thoughts about the accident.
  • Agonizing over the memory of the accident.


Feelings of anxiousness happen when a person is undergoing stress. While anyone can experience stress and anxiety from time to time, amputees are more vulnerable to developing an anxiety disorder after undergoing such a traumatic and life-changing medical procedure. An amputee may display the following signs relating to anxiety:

  • Increased heart rate.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Trouble falling asleep.


Adjusting to a new life after an amputation can be extremely difficult for amputees. They often struggle with depression triggers such as low self-esteem, social isolation, and body image issues. Some warning signs of depression include

  • Feeling sad.
  • Loss of interest in activities.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Trouble falling asleep.
  • Feeling worthless.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

If you or a loved one has thoughts of suicide after undergoing an amputation, speak to a doctor and seek counseling to get help immediately.

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