Accepting a medical diagnosis can be much easier
Negative emotions during treatment (anger, denial, sadness, nervousness and depression) can sometimes be more difficult than the medical diagnosis. The emotional stages that a person goes through when learning about a medical diagnosis are more or less similar to the suffering after tragic events or the loss of a loved one. These feelings can be overcome and adequately accept the diagnosis.
- Denial – share knowledge of the new disease with other people instead of denying the diagnosis. Follow the doctor’s instructions and diagnoses and perform regular check-ups. Membership in a society (and community) that brings together like-minded people and people with the same diagnoses is a great help in accepting a new medical diagnosis.
- Anger – some people simply feel anger towards a medical diagnosis. This anger is a kind of impotence because man is not an independent being but part of a community. Anger can be overcome with therapy, herbal remedies, talking with the environment and close people. Every disease can be treated and kept under control – and that is the most important thing.
- Negotiating – this usually means returning to a “new normal” life. Subordinate all segments of life with a new medical diagnosis. Explore in detail all the details of the diagnosis. Ask for help because there are always people willing to help. Read magazines, the press, brochures (which can often be obtained free of charge from pharmacies and associations) and ask those around you about the disease. Put notes on the fridge with check-up dates, time of medication use, reminder of tests and examinations for better disease control. By changing lifestyle habits, the disease can sometimes be slowed down or even stopped from progressing. Get cooks with food recipes that match the diagnosis, read product labels, increase physical activity.
- Introspection of the medical diagnosis – certain introspection, healthy habits and communication with others will help a person to “fight” the new situation more easily. You should know how to recognize the symptoms of depression (which most often accompanies a patient with a medical diagnosis) and seek additional help. Depression is not always associated with severe sadness. Symptoms of depression are fatigue, insomnia, changes in body weight and loss of interest in life segments (that you used to have). Sadness, frustration, anxiety, guilt and shame can be added (for example, in the case of diabetes). If these symptoms last for several weeks, then help should be sought. You are not alone and there is help.
- Fear – the appearance of fear is one of the human reactions when the diagnosis is known. Some people feel so perfectly healthy that any diagnosis seems impossible. Some have terrible memories (with some close people or family members) so they simply face the fear. However, acceptance always follows in the end. If the person/patient withdraws after learning about the diagnosis, then negligence occurs (especially related to the regular use of therapy). This should be prevented in order to make life better and happier.
- Acceptance of medical diagnosis – patients are often surprised by the number of people who want to be supportive and provide any help. Accept support from people and advice from doctors. Enjoy what life has to offer. Participate in new activities (cards, playing chess, gardening with fresh vegetables, planting plants, writing, extended rest). Life will change (not necessarily for the worse). Accepting the fact that every human is a mortal being will bring you prudence and a new zest. Life is an adventure that every person should embark on.