Coping with a serious diagnosis

Learning about a serious illness is bound to come as a shock to anyone and be difficult to process. Patients often become hopeless and fall into the abyss of negative thoughts that end up accompanying their lives. In fact, many of them tend to be heavily depressed while attending various diagnostic procedures.

They feel angry, disappointed, hopeless and sad. However, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with expressing these emotions. On the contrary, professionals highly recommend letting it all out in order to free the body and mind from negativity.

Even though each person deals with such information in their own way, there are still some tips that may help you process your diagnosis and allow you to handle your emotions with greater ease. 

Jessie Gruman, a social psychologist, who was diagnosed with three different types of cancer and heart disease, wrote that it is imperative that we do not try to bottle up our tears, anger and grief at the initial stage, so that these emotions don’t exacerbate depression. Ignoring and repressing your emotions may have a negative effect on your level of communication—both with those around and you and your inner self. At times like this, the most common self-defense mechanism is repressing the issues at hand and locking up in the prison of your mind. However, all those repressed emotions begin to show up in various parts of the body—oftentimes, in the form of other physical ailments. That is precisely why you should take time to identify and express your emotions. Eliminating them is bound to have a positive effect both on your mood and your overall wellbeing.

Dealing with any issue begins with identification and analysis. That is why you should try to learn as much as possible about your diagnosis. Ask questions, talk to professionals, refer to medical literature and reliable research articles. It is important to understand the pros and cons of your treatment and side effects of prescribed medications, so that sudden complications don’t take you by surprise and end up resurfacing all those negative emotions.

Each treatment comes with a myriad of side effects, including joint pain, nausea, overall weakness and drowsiness, all of which are extremely unpleasant and affect your mental health. As a result, many lose hope and terminate their treatment. Don’t forget that no treatment plan can yield results without you following through. After all, you would not want all that time and effort to be wasted in vain. Try to talk yourself into accepting the fact that unpleasant side effects are temporary and tolerating them shall only bring you closer to a successful outcome of your treatment.

Patients often fail to begin treatment soon after being diagnosed—simply because they cannot afford to. As a result, the disease progresses and negatively affects the mood as well, leading to anxiety and hopelessness. 

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- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
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