Psychological support for patients with chronic conditions
Many patients are referred from their doctor or specialist to a psychologist as a fundamental part of their treatment. Coping with the diagnosis of a chronic disease is a very stressful event that involves great change and difficulties. On the other hand, despite the fact that a psychological origin of so-called functional disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Fibromyalgia has been defended in the past, today there is an agreement that this explanation is not satisfactory and that it is more likely they have an organic origin. From this perspective the role of psychology is not relegated, but it is clarified in what way this is key in the support of these patients.
Psychological help leads to an improvement in the quality of life and a good management and course of the disease, so it is essential to go to specialized professionals. Within the psychological therapies, a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and third generation therapies is the best option available, always applied according to individual needs.
For all these reasons, psychological help can be needed in many aspects:
Accompaniment during the diagnostic process and in the evolution of the disease.
Overcoming grief after diagnosis
Take the road to acceptance
Changes in lifestyle
Establishing or improving adherence to treatment
Adaptations in the career, finding possibilities compatible with the new situation.
Understanding the connection between the brain and the rest of the body
Learning and implementing effective coping strategies
Coping with pain
Feeling lonely or isolated
Feelings of shame and treatment of the social dimension
Treatment and prevention of frequently associated psychological disorders
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