By Gary McClain, Michelle Buchman
AFTER THE prognosis: HOW sufferers REACT and the way to aid THEM COPE offers readers with sensible, lifelike instructions that support sufferers harness either emotional and rational strengths as they convey with healthcare execs, assemble info, evaluation cures, make knowledgeable remedy judgements, and deal with their situation. AFTER THE analysis is the 1st and in basic terms ebook to assist healthcare pros, nurses, physician's assistants, nursing assistants, and people from different allied professions know the way newly clinically determined sufferers react emotionally.
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These concerns can be so pronounced that patients are unable to focus on anything else the health-care professionals tell them until they have had opportunities to at least express their concerns. Health-care professionals may be unable to offer resolution at this point, but doing so is unnecessary. What is necessary at this point, and what can provide some sense of relief, is providing patients the chance to voice what they are thinking and feeling and reassuring them that these concerns will be addressed.
GINA: You don’t know how disappointing. I feel like I have this cloud that’s going to keep following me around, and I have to keep paying attention to it. But no matter what I do, it’s not going to go away. SHELLY: It’s always disappointing and scary to hear about a medical diagnosis. Nobody likes that, especially a chronic condition like diabetes. Yes, it’s going to be around. But we can work together to make sure you take the best care of yourself you possibly can. GINA: Okay. SHELLY: And if you’d like to talk to a counselor, I have a couple of names I can give you.
Consequences Avoidance of information perceived as threatening to the chosen path Overexpectation of the treatment experience and its benefits, which can cause extreme disappointment, or denial, when treatment fails to meet expectations Behaviors Elation bordering on mania regarding “miracle” course of action Refusal to listen to alternatives Anger when others are perceived as being negative 2. Running Away Descent into emotions bordering on irrationality “Please leave me alone. ” Consequences Refusal to accept the diagnosis and embark on a beneficial treatment path Emotional distress may contribute to physical symptoms Behaviors Extreme sadness, crying, heaviness similar to inconsolable grief Avoidance of others, which may lead to isolation Acknowledge emotions.