Sunday, January 9, 2011

Psychological impact of a diagnosis on a family

To quote the pros:
“Some deal with the issues very openly and directly, while for others, their communication is very stressful, conflicted and characterized by avoidance,” he said.
This is an excellent article: 
Cancer survivor aims to use experience to inspire
This mom worked hard or her daughter's psyche, while dealing honestly with her daughter and her own breast cancer.

This is so true for children, even adult children. Death and bereavement issues affect more people than we will ever know. Mental health issues, like depression, are kept silent and denied, while families struggle to deal with the situation.

How children cope when a parent has advanced cancer. by VL Kennedy - 2009 There is little information regarding the nature of this distress and how children cope, particularly when a parent is diagnosed with advanced cancer.

Ann Med Psychol (Paris). 1992 Oct;150(8):537-55.
Psychological impact of cancer on the family: a review
Mormont C., Université de Liège.


The impact of cancer on the patient's family and caregivers is important and it can be analyzed in terms of coping strategies. It depends on the patient (age, sex, role ...), the illness (site, stage, state ...), the people (parents, siblings, caregivers ...), the time (diagnosis, treatment, death, after death rehabilitation), the prognosis. The survey of the literature underlines the methodological difficulties met in this complex field and the distress of the family and caregivers at each stage of the illness, even during long term remissions.

Managing Emotional Effects of cancer

Compas (author, PhD.) explores psychological effects of cancer

The Number One Reason Why Caregivers Get Sick: Stress and worry

How to Convince Your Parent to Move to Assisted Living
We know you're convinced they need to go to assisted living, but how do you get a parent who is stubborn and angry about going to the "old folks home" to make the big move? We've got 9 tricks that will convince your parents they need to go to assisted living.

The above is an excellent article. For, if ailing seniors insist on acting like children and living dangerously, they must be treated like children unable to make good decisions about their own care and health. Some become so demanding, insisting on help at all hours, that it is up the the adult children to make decisions that will make sense for the entire family. Some, without transportation or family to help them are enabled to live dangerously by good-hearted, but misled neighbours, who step in to help.

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