THE IMPACT OF MY ILLNESS
GOALS OF THE EXERCISE 1. 2. 3. 4.
Identify the emotional, physical, and relational impact of the medical condition. Identify and openly express feelings connected to the serious or chronic illness. Identify resource people who can be turned to or relied on in time of illness for emotional help and support. Reduce the intensity of anxiety, fear, and other painful or distressing emotions related to the serious or chronic illness.
ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS FOR WHICH THIS EXERCISE MAY BE MOST USEFUL • •
Mania or Hypomania Psychoticism
SUGGESTIONS FOR PROCESSING THIS EXERCISE WITH THE CLIENT The purpose of this exercise is to help the client identify the impact of the illness on his / her life and then to encourage expression of his / her feelings about his / her serious or chronic illness. The client should be encouraged to express these feelings in the therapy sessions and around other family members or trusted individuals. The exercise identifies key people the client can turn to for emotional support and help. Finally, the client is asked to identify what coping strategies or activities help him / her to cope with or manage the symptoms or effects of the illness.
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