Psychology 2036A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Watching Movies, Terminal Illness
Tertiary intervention: helping people cope with chronic and terminal illness. Part 1: initial reactions: shock (many questions but no clear answers); Disorientation and being overwhelmed (can"t think straight, can"t develop plans for coping: denial. Of illness duration (will be short term); Of illness severity (life will go on as usual: denial can be harmful: May not adhere to treatment regimens: denial can be beneficial: Serves as emotional buffer (helps people control their emotional responses: anxiety and depression (pg. Part 2: challenges faced by chronically ill: specific illness-related challenges, symptoms of illness (e. g. , pain, weakness, disfigurement, paralysis) Embarrassing changes to body functions: the treatment process (painful, inconvenient, requires major changes to lifestyles, the treatment setting. *chapter 8 and 9 were only to be tested on midterm 2: general challenges, preserving a reasonable emotional balance (maintaining optimism, preserving a positive self-image (see self-concept & self-esteem, pg.