I don’t know if anybody else caught it, but there was a very interesting and - I thought - potentially encouraging Point of View programme on Radio 4 this week.
In it, Tom Shakespeare (himself disabled) argues that the popular perception of the able bodied, that disabled people must be desperately miserable, is not borne out by studies! Even severity of disability does not seem to make much difference to how people rate their quality of life.
Admittedly, he does identify two different groups: those disabled from birth (never known any different), and those with acquired disabilty (like MS, or following an accident). The latter can experience profound depression in the period following their injury, or onset of their illness. BUT, in the long term, guess what? They learn to make the most of it, and report similar life satisfaction to other people! I thought this was hugely encouraging for anyone recently diagnosed, or who has just suffered a major setback (big relapse), and is still in the depression phase. The odds are that you will NOT always feel so down about it.
If you’d like to read a transcript of the whole programme, or listen to it on iPlayer, here’s the link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27554754 (the link to iPlayer is in blue, about halfway down the page, below the picture of Tom)
Just thought it was interesting and thought-provoking, as many of these short personal programmes are.