The steps a patient can go through in the psyche
Imagine being diagnosed with a rare disease. This can be both good and bad news.
It can clear things up and make any uncertainties (partially) disappear.
What generally happens when a person receives bad news?
- Shock. You feel a reaction in your body. It feels as if you’re freezing.
Take the time to process this shock.
- Denial. You don’t want to hear this and you will continue your daily life.
You don’t want to react at all.
- Anger. You feel bummed, it’s unfair. Why me? You feel like a victim.
Take some space and time to blow off some steam. Don’t suppress your anger.
- Internal negotiations. What are the alternatives?
The inevitability is becoming clear.
- Depression. You feel down.
Take your time and let yourself feel sad. The old situation is gone.
- Acceptance. You have (partially) accepted the new situation. Support yourself by gaining confirmation. This is your new starting point.