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The Mind Matters

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

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It is a part of patient care that I feel very passionate about and I regard it as a privilege to advance the importance of psychological care of patients within the teams at the hospital.

Given appropriate time and support, patients and their loved ones alike get to give voice to the shock, sadness and fear that so often accompanies the confirmation from the Consultant that disease is present, or has returned. It certainly has been the case that services have grown to recognise the significance of what people experience when given such devastating news about their health.

The emotional impact arising from a diagnosis of a blood cancer is unique to each and every person. People will experience a range of emotions and it is important to remember that everyone is different. How and why someone responds as they do to illness is an individual process reflecting a uniqueness, which needs to be taken seriously, and not mistakenly dismissed as ‘normal’ or ‘common’.

For some, diagnosis can trigger all kinds of feelings associated with previous life challenges and for others the sheer unexpected occurrence of disease can really disrupt ones view of oneself and the future they had intended. Paying attention to these individual differences is a good first step in psychological care.

Amongst the most distressing and disabling of issues which patients report are feelings of shame associated with illness. Patients frequently choose to limit disclosures about distress. This can make the already hard process of adjustment to treatment all the more unsteady. Another hindrance to people discussing how they are being affected by disease is concerns about being seen as unable to cope and potentially becoming classed as a ‘worrier’. Labels such as these can damage the relationship between health care professionals and their patients and go on to contribute to patients feeling even more isolated.

If it is the case that you or someone you know is struggling with distressing emotions associated with the illness, we encourage patients or family members to speak to staff members involved in their care.

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