Coping with the Pain of the Diagnosis of Medical Problems

Medical Diagnosis Therapy in Cranberry Twp, Monroeville and Mt. Lebanon, PA

coping with medical diagnosesThere is countless medical diagnosis given out each day. Medical problems ranging from mild to severe, some treatable, others terminal, but, the diagnosis itself can be debilitating. This is the truth that many patients and their family members face as they come face to face with medical specialists, physicians, and surgeons who have the unfortunate task of delivering the results of what likely started as a simple test.

How does one cope with the diagnosis? Why isn’t there a treatment for the pain associated with hearing that your life will change forever or the lives of your family will change forever? The pain is like a bolt of lightning that strikes each and every person that is near and dear to the person who has been diagnosed with one of many medical problems. The core is the illness, but surrounding the core is where the inner pain resides, and if left untreated, it can have dire effects on the livelihood and well-being of the patient, friends and family. There must be a support mechanism and a treatment plan in place to help people understand, cope and live while facing medical problems that will affect their lives for short or extended periods of time.

Stress is a common denominator in most medical diagnosis. The worry and fear associated with what the diagnosis means for you, how it will change your life and the impact it will have on your family are among the immediate concerns that plague the mind of most patients. Once these thoughts surface, it is almost impossible to put them away. The combination of the stress and the diagnosis can lead to greater pain. Emotional, mental and physical pain is a harmful combination and when gone untreated, it can be deadly. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works to help patients cope with their diagnosis. It helps to alleviate the pain associated with the stress of worry, fear and anxiety. The physician is trained to identify the problem and design the best course of treatment. It is easy for him/her to activate a plan but as a patient, it isn’t always easy to trust that plan. The approach and your behavior towards your condition and what is being done about it has a significant impact on the success of the treatment.

It is imperative to understand that all medical problems will not have a lasting impact on your life. However, behavior and stress during the course of treatment or while coping with the problem can dramatically affect the quality of your life. The pain associated with the illness or disease itself can wreak havoc on the body. Cognitive behavior therapy teaches the mind to better cope with and eliminates the stress of the diagnosis. The body has a natural response to the conceptualization of pain. CBT initiates the ability to control that response and increase the chances of successful treatment, which will impact the quality of life during and after the diagnosis.  Contact us today to learn more!

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