As a clinical psychologist for the last 44 years and one with IPF of the Usual Interstitial Pneumonia type, requiring O2 use all the time, I thought I’d share some of what my experiences and training have taught me about dealing with bad news.
When people hear bad news such as you have IPF, it is common to have negative thoughts such as “This isn’t fair” “It shouldn’t happen to me” “This if Awful” and other negative thoughts about the now and the future. Most of us would tend to think this at first but the goal is to realize this not helpful. What is helpful is to focus on Acceptance an what to do about the problem.
Positive actions are such things as seeking medical help, taking actions to stay as healthy as possible, becoming educated about your disease and its treatment, and being as active as possible including having fun. It is very important to be involved. To change a proverb a little, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” Like many things in life this is easier said than done, but it can be done. As I sometimes told my patients/clients, Dealing with negative situations can be hard, terribly hard, but never tell yourself “it’s too hard.”
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