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Coping with a Recent Health Diagnosis

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Hearing about anything that will potentially complicate your life in some way can be upsetting, especially if it is a short-term or long-term health condition that you are recently diagnosed with.

A recent study on medicalxpress.com states that there is a link between breast cancer and depression. This demonstrates how devastating a health diagnosis truly can be, to the point where depression develops after diagnosis. This can depend in part on other factors like income level, age, children and marital status.

Although this study focused on breast cancer, other health conditions can lead to mental health issues after diagnosis as well. Fortunately, health experts and people who have suffered themselves have some advice on how to cope with a recent health diagnosis. Hopefully, you can avoid additional mental health issues or at least handle any mental health issues that do come along.

Laurie Elmore Thompson, the author of “Laurie's Story: Discovering Joy in Adversity” and a partial paraplegic, suggested through email that preparation can help you deal with being diagnosed in the future with a health condition.

“Recognize that it is very likely that you will be faced with some sort of health diagnosis which has the potential to be devastating in your lifetime,” Thompson said. “Mental preparation for this reality can be half the battle.”

You have to accept your limits with any health condition once you are diagnosed, but it’s important to still make goals for yourself.

“Set goals for yourself and maintain the mindset that you will do the best you can to achieve at least one goal each day,” Thompson said. “Some days will be much more difficult than others, but do your best to find joy or satisfaction in one small thing each day - that may be completing a task or something as simple as taking a moment to watch a flock of geese land on a lake.”

Faina Sechzer, the CEO of Health And Life Recovery Strategies, a health recovery coach and a cancer survivor, said in an email that she works with her clients on how to cope with recent diagnoses mainly through reshaping their thoughts through a specific method developed by experts.

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Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this article! It is a great and very helpful one!

November 14, 2011 - 4:47pm
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