By Norman R., Ruescher L.
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The illness model that most people know is one that fits acute illness. You get sick, you get treated, then you either recover or you die. The illness model for chronic illness is quite different. You get sick, you finally find out what is wrong, you get treated, and you stay sick but hopefully not as sick as you were without treatment. It’s easy to give up. QXP 10/22/09 2:33 PM Page 19 While it is true that you will never be “normal” like you once were, or “normal” like healthy people you see, your life is not over unless you decide it is.
Psychologist A mental health professional who uses talk therapy and other techniques but does not prescribe medication. Psychiatrist A mental health professional who can prescribe medication to treat mental and emotional problems. Everyone has blue periods in their life. The fact that life has ups and downs is not news. But if you try strategies to lift your depression and if the symptoms of depression last for more than a few weeks, you will want to get professional help. Ask your doctor for a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist so that you can be evaluated for depression.
Ankylosing spondylitis An autoimmune disease that affects the spine and causes the bones to fuse together. Wanting a second opinion may be wise. Wanting a tenth opinion when the first nine doctors all agree could be denial (and pretty expensive denial at that). Not following a treatment regimen can be denial. We get tired of reminders of illness, and conveniently forgetting to take medication or self-manage our illness can be denial. Pushing yourself beyond your limits is another way of pretending your limitations do not exist.
100 questions and answers about chronic illness by Norman R., Ruescher L.