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J Clin Psychol. 2002 Nov;58(11):1397-409.

Beyond a sense of safety: a psychologist's tale of serious chronic illness.

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Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA. r.sollod@csuohio.edu

Abstract

Based on a narrative account, this paper highlights and reviews the experiences of the author, a psychologist, experiencing a chronic illness. Areas covered include coping with doctors and medical personnel, adjusting to illness, complying, actively coping, and even, at times, resisting unwarranted medical procedures. Experiences such as loss of trust, a sense of isolation, re-working relationships, and generative reaching-out are also covered. Some positive consequences of chronic illness for personal growth are suggested. Suggestions for conducting psychotherapy with clients who are dealing with serious chronic illness are made.

PMID:
12412150
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.10087
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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