Sometimes when patients start to learn to read with their magnifiers or whatever device they have, they get frustrated that they read like they are back in grade school.
The only real barrier to improvement is a resistance to learning something new.
When one is afflicted with a visual impairment, he suddenly cannot do some things he previously loved to do. So he may begin to feel useless or not worthy, and then depression sets in.
One way to conquer depression is to first acknowledge that you have the disease, and learn how to cope with it. You are not blind. You still have vision. It’s just a different way of seeing. You can read or be taught the techniques to use your vision, but if you are not motivated to relearn how to do things, then you will not be able to incorporate them in your lifestyle.
This is it. You have to first accept that you have the impairment. Then realize that you are not blind. So are you just going to sit and get depressed all day, or are you willing to relearn to get back into the lifestyle you want to have? This will happen only if you make it happen.
The book by Dr. Jill Taylor entitled “My stroke of insight: a brain scientist’s personal journey” reminded me of how the mind plays a big role in rehabilitation. Dr. Taylor is a brain scientist who got a stroke at the age of 37 and at the height of her career, and was able to recount her experience through the whole process until she recovered fully from the stroke. During her recovery period, she wrote ,” no one had the power to make me feel anything, except for me and my brain. Nothing external to me had the power to take away my peace of mind and heart. That was completely up to me. I may not be in total control of what happens to my life, but I certainly am in charge on how I choose to perceive my experience.”