In this article we have explored some of the experience of, and psychological states associated with major life change. The example used is of a patient concurrently experiencing a diagnosis of metastatic cancer and death of her husband. An approach to the patient that seeks to understand the patient's experience, for instance of helplessness (demoralisation) and/or grief, will enable an appropriate response reflected from the GP, for instance, one that reduces helplessness, acknowledges and facilitates normal grieving, and maximises adaptive coping. Such an approach restores personal esteem and meaning in life where it has been challenged, and helps return a sense of wellbeing.
|Translated title of the contribution||Adjusting to illness and other major life events|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2008|