CF Patients’ Loved Ones’ Emotional Wellness
Not only patients but also family, friends and care givers experience the emotional impact of cystic fibrosis. The signs of emotional problems among the loved ones of CF patients include physical problems such as headaches, stomach problems, back pain and sleeplessness, feelings of frustration, sadness, depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, loneliness, resentment, decreased enjoyment of pleasurable activities, social isolation and blaming, mental issues like forgetfulness, mental exhaustion, more frequent accidents, trouble deciding, poor attention and memory, and confusion, as well as spiritual issues like feelings of alienation and hopelessness.
The first step to coping with these problems and seek emotional wellness is to recognize the signs of it. Patients and their loved ones are not alone in the fight against cystic fibrosis and the emotional problems they are experiencing may be shared by other people. Therefore, patients and loved ones can seek psychological help with specialists or with support groups, which are common not only in associations and organizations like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation but also among specialized medical centers. Care givers, particularly the ones of pediatric patients, are also recommended to discuss their feelings with the medical team responsible for the health care of the patient.
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