By Patrice Guex, Karol Sikora
Melanoma is intensely universal and in lots of events a very scary disorder, yet for too lengthy the mental points and results were missed. An creation to Psycho-Oncology offers in a transparent and straightforward demeanour with the reactions of melanoma sufferers to their sickness, and the ways that they are often helped. within the context of a multidisciplinary process that takes account of scientific remedies in addition to mental interventions, Guex deals feedback for greater methods of speaking in an effort to supply a healing partnership among carer and shopper.
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Extra resources for An Introduction to Psycho-Oncology
They are, rather, unconscious phenomena, more or less powerful according to the emotions experienced. These defences perhaps seem to be an escape, or self-delusion, but most often they offer time to mobilize intrapsychic resources and to build up other strategies for coping with the disease. Projection soothes anguish and guilt, aggression or bad feelings by attributing to someone else or to an external cause the source of what is amiss. This is also a way of keeping the self-image intact by displacing the responsibility on to another target (the spouse or the doctor, for example).
The conjunction ‘youth— high socio-economic level—physical disorders and poor prognosis’ is prone to maladaptation (Craig and Abeloff 1974). Morris et al. (1977) found great emotional lability after breast amputation among women who had suffered depression in their childhood, and this independently of the circumstances of the diagnosis and treatment. A case history of anxiety and depression, before the illness or the operation, is an indication of future psychological difficulties (Jamison et al.
The problem with the diagnosis of depression is that often one projects on to the patient one’s own feelings of despair with regard to cancer. There are, moreover, certain advantages in making such a diagnosis. There are pharmacological interventions for depression, whereas one is perhaps less equipped to deal holistically with the patient’s well-being. Depression is sometimes associated with increased pain or with new pains, which complicate the clinical picture. Depressives are resistant to treatment, for they think that no one can help them.